Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rohullah Nikpai Gives Afghanistan First Olympic Medal in Taekwondo

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Rohullah Nikpai : AfghanistanRohullah Nikpai defeated world champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain on Wednesday to earn the bronze medal in the men's under 58-kilogram taekwondo competition. This is first-ever Olympic medal for Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai immediately called to congratulate Nikpai. He also awarded him a house at the government's expense, said Humayun Hamidzada, the president's spokesman.

"I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war," Nikpai said.
Rohullah Nikpai winning bronze

Afghanistan will get another chance at a medal in taekwondo. Nesar Ahmad Bahave is competing in a heavier weight class.

Image Courtsey: AP Pictures

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1 Comments:

Blogger afghan princess said...

he has made us afghans soooo proud..he is afghanistans hero

August 22, 2008 at 5:26 PM

 

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