Tokyo Olympics: Bradly Sinden takes silver for Great Britain after defeat in taekwondo final

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Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Bradly Sinden secured silver for Great Britain after defeat by Uzbekistan's Ulugbek Rashitov in the taekwondo -68kg final.

The 2019 world champion, 22, was bidding to become Britain's first male Olympic taekwondo champion but was beaten 34-29. He wins Britain's first silver medal of the Tokyo Games.

Trailing 18-14 going into the final round, Sinden fought back in a see-saw finale to take a 28-26 lead going into the final seconds.

However, Rashitov responded immediately to edge back in front and a strong trunk kick with six seconds remaining sealed a dramatic victory.

"It was my gold medal to give away - obviously he is a good fighter, I just made a few mistakes," said Sinden. "I think I got unlucky with a few things as well but that is taekwondo.

"I thought he was on the back foot. You have to commend him for what he did - a few mistakes from me, well done to him. You'll see me again in Paris."

Despite his disappointment at losing the final, Sinden can reflect on a fine Olympics debut that continues his rapid rise in the sport.

The Doncaster-born fighter won his first major senior medal at the 2017 World Championships aged just 18. Two years later, he became the first British man to win a taekwondo world title.

In Tokyo, he powered into the semi-final with a 20-point win against Tukey's Hakan Recber before coming from behind to beat Zhao Shuai of China 33-25 to guarantee a himself a medal.

"We were here to get gold - anything else is not what we're here to celebrate. Maybe eventually I will get over it," added Sinden. "But for now it has got me that I didn't win gold when I think it was there for me to take. I will take that and improve on it."

Team GB's first medal was won earlier on Sunday, with Chelsie Giles securing bronze in the women's -52kg judo.

However, there was disappointment for two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, who suffered a 16-12 defeat by Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee Olympic Team.

Bradly Sinden being hugged by his trainer
Bradly Sinden had to be consoled by his trainer at the end of the fight
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