Jordan’s Saleh Al-Sharbati won a silver in the 80-kg category in Taekwondo on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics, giving his country only its second medal in the history of the Games.
Al-Sharbati, ranked sixth in the world, won the silver in -80 kg on Monday, after losing in the final to Russian world number one Maxim Khrushchev, who participated under a neutral flag, 20-9.
Al-Sharbati gave Al-Nashama its second ever medal in the Olympics, after Ahmed Abu Ghosh, whom Al-Sharbati considers his ideal, won its first gold in taekwondo when he won the gold – 68 kg in Rio 2016.
Jordan has built hopes on Al-Sharbati to win a medal of any color in the Tokyo Olympics due to the levels he has recently presented and established himself, especially at the continental level.
On his way to the Tokyo final, Al Sharbati, ranked seventh in the world, eliminated Uzbekistan’s Nikita Ravalovich from the round of four in an exciting match, which the Jordanian won with gold points 13-11 after the first three rounds ended in a draw 11-11.
After his victory in the semi-finals, he said in an interview with AFP, “I thanked my Lord because these efforts were not in vain (…) I thought of my family because they worked hard with me and stood by my side to get here.”
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