Bradly Sinden earns a silver medal for Team GB in the taekwondo final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Bradly Sinden of Team GB takes silver in men’s -68kg taekwondo after losing in the final against Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Rashitov; Chelsie Giles of Team GB wins Britain’s first medal of the 2020 Games by defeating Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher in the bronze medal match.

Bradly Sinden came up short in the Olympic taekwondo final, but he did win Team GB’s first silver medal in Tokyo.

Ulugbek Rashitov, 19, of Uzbekistan, defeated a British competitor in the men’s -68kg final, giving his country its first gold medal in Tokyo.

Sinden, who had been so outstanding in his previous three bouts, had the chance to do the same for Team GB, but the 22-year-old from Doncaster was unable to do so.

Rashitov got off to a good start, landing a double combination of head kicks to take a 13-8 lead after the first stanza.

Sinden attempted a comeback in the second, stemming the tide against his opponent and landing a key combination just before the end of the round to bring it back to a three-point contest.

The two fighters jostled for the lead in the final round, but a head kick and a spinning kick to the trunk gave Rashitov the crucial points in a 34-29 victory.

Before the final, the Brit was in fine form, defeating New Zealand’s Tom Burns 53-8 in the quarterfinals and defeating Turkey’s Hakan Recber by 20 points.

Then, in his semi-final match against China’s Olympic champion Shuai Zhao, he completed a dramatic final-round comeback, behind by seven points before summoning a succession of scoring shots to break the tie.

Then, in his semi-final match against China’s Olympic champion Shuai Zhao, he completed a dramatic final-round comeback, behind by seven points before summoning a succession of scoring shots to break the tie.

Giles wins Team GB first medal in Tokyo

Then, in his semi-final match against China’s Olympic champion Shuai Zhao, he completed a dramatic final-round comeback, behind by seven points before summoning a succession of scoring shots to break the tie.

On Sunday, the Coventry judoka beat Macedonia’s Arbresha Rexhepi and Morocco’s Soumiya Iraoui in the women’s -52kg division before losing in the quarter-finals to home favourite and eventual gold medalist Uta Abe.

The repechage, however, provided the 24-year-old with a new path to the podium, and she took advantage of it, overcoming Charline Van Snick of Belgium and then Fabienne Kocher of Switzerland by Ippon at the Nippon Budokan.

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