Olympics taekwondo: Afghanistan hero Rohullah Nikpai wins bronze

Afghanistan taekwondo hero Rohullah Nikpai matched his achievement at the Beijing Olympics winning bronze in the men's -68kg category at London 2012.

Nikpai overcame Britain's Martin Stamper 5-3 in the bronze medal match.

What is "repechage"?

  • Competitors who do not qualify directly for the semi-finals from their heats have a second chance to qualify through an additional round called repechage - the name taken from a French word meaning "re-fish".

The 25-year-old became a national hero after winning Afghanistan's first ever Olympic medal four years ago.

"Of course, getting a medal is very important to all the countries in the world but especially for Afghanistan," Nikpai said.

"I'm very happy because this medal is very important for my country."

He lost out to Iran's Mohammad Bagheri Motamed in the quarter-finals in London but took advantage of a second chance through the repechage.

He beat David Boui of the Central African Republic 14-2 before beating Stamper in the semi-final.

Nikpai was greeted by thousands at Kabul's Ghazi stadium when he returned from Beijing four years ago.

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