Tokyo Olympics: Bradly Sinden earns Team GB’s first silver medal in taekwondo final

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Bradly Sinden has earned Team GB's first silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games despite being beaten by Uzbekistan's Ulugbek Rashitov in the men's taekwondo final.

The Doncaster-born 22-year-old had seen off China's Zhao Shuai in the semi-final earlier on Saturday to guarantee himself a place on the podium.

But he fell short at the last as he was agonisingly defeated 34-29 by Rashitov.

Speaking afterwards, Sinden said: "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.

"Maybe eventually (he'll be proud) but we were here to get gold, anything else is not what we're here to celebrate – maybe eventually I will get over it, 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."

Sinden's silver comes after Chelsie Giles had won bronze for Team GB in the 52k judo category.

The 24-year-old defeated Switzerland's Fabienne Kocher to claim Great Britain's first medal.

Giles was beaten in the quarter-finals by Japan's Uta Abe but was handed a chance at the bronze in the Repechage.

Bradly Sinden earned a silver medal
(Image: REUTERS)

And she defeated Belgium's Charline Van Snick to reach the bronze medal bout before coming away with victory.

Team GB's Olympics had got off to a slow start before Giles and Sinton's joy.

Two-time champion Jade Jones was a surprise early elimination in the women's 57kg judo.

Jones was beaten by Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee Olympic Team in her opening contest.

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And Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the men's tennis singles with a minor thigh injury, and will now only take part in the doubles.

It all means that Team GB are still awaiting their first gold of the tournament, but are at least up and running when it comes to medals.

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