Joy for Cote d’Ivoire as Cisse wins country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in Rio



Cote d’Ivoire’s Cheick Sallah Cisse won the first ever Olympic gold medal for his country in the men’s under-80 kilograms taekwondo final, beating Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad with a last second a reverse turning kick.

Cote d’Ivoire’s only other previous Olympic medal was the silver won by Gabriel Tiacoh in the men’s 400m at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

The West African country then went on to claim a third medal through Ruth Gbagbi who claimed the bronze medal in the women’s under-67 kilogram class.

British number one Muhammad was left distraught by the loss, shedding tears of agony after the game.

He however promised to claim the title from the Ivorian in their next encounter.

“He’s a very game champion, I wish him all the best, and I’ll get him next time,” he said.

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