Tokyo 2020: Devastated Team GB hero Lutalo Muhammad walks off BBC set after Bianca Walkden's last-gasp taekwondo defeat

DEVASTATED taekwondo legend turned BBC pundit Lutalo Muhammad walked off set after witnessing Bianca Walkden suffer a last-gasp defeat to Lee Dabin.

Walkden, 29, had led 24-22 in the semi-final match before being caught by a final second head kick by the South Korean.

And Muhammad, who suffered a similar fate in his gold medal match at Rio 2016, was left heartbroken for his former team-mate.

As the drama was unfolding, the 30-year-old put his hands on his head, before strolling out of shot.

After the BBC coverage returned to the studio, Muhammad said: "It is just heartbreaking for Bianca. She has put everything into this.

"She has won everything there is to win in the sport – except the Olympic Gold."

He then tweeted: "Gutted!!!!!!!! @BiancaW_tkd fought brilliantly! So unlucky to miss out in the last second!

"She needs to refocus now and secure the bronze medal. Still a big chance to bring some precious metal home!"

Muhammad himself lost his semi-final at London 2012, before managing to dust himself down to earn a bronze medal.

And he went one better in Rio, winning silver in the men's 80kg.

Walkden will be back at 1pm as she aims to secure a bronze medal.


Team GB's Mahama Cho, meanwhile, suffered a devastating defeat as his Olympic dream was ended with one kick.

The 31-year-old from Manchester, seeded fifth in the taekwondo heavyweight division, was seeking to follow the silver-winning examples set by Bradly Sinden and Lauren Williams.

But his campaign came to an instant end in a 'golden round' defeat by China’s Hingyi Sun.


The pair could not be separated after three tight rounds, which saw no points at all in the final two minutes and a 4-4 draw.

That brought an extra 60 seconds, which saw Cho fall behind as he stumbled to earn a penalty.

And with the Brit having to attack in the final 20 seconds, he was caught by a trunk shot to be sent spinning out of the tournament.

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