Team GB heavyweight Mahama Cho suffers AGONIZING gold points defeat by Sun Hongyi in round of 16

Mahama Cho suffers AMAZING gold points defeat to Sun Hongyi in round of 16… but the Team GB heavyweight can still win Tokyo Olympic medal as the Chinese advance to the final of the +87kg competition

Mahama Cho saw his hopes of winning Olympic gold end with Sun Hongyi in the taekwondo round of 16.

The Ivory Coast-born heavyweight was defeated at Golden Points in a crushing 7-4 defeat in the men’s +80kg division at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo.

However, any hopes of the 31-year-old claiming a medal will not be lost if Hongyi reaches the final of the +87kg competition, a result that would see Cho enter the repechage rounds.

The Ivory Coast-born heavyweight was defeated at Golden Points in a crushing 7-4 defeat

Mahama Cho saw his hopes of winning Olympic gold end by Sun Hongyi in 16th taekwondo round

The Ivory Coast-born heavyweight was defeated at Golden Points in a crushing 7-4 defeat

The Ivory Coast-born heavyweight was defeated at Golden Points in a crushing 7-4 defeat

Cho started well on the right and took an early 4-2 lead in the first round of the match.

However, Hongyi came back in the second round and restored parity for a scoreless third round.

But Cho’s heartbreak came when he was knocked out when Hongyi took the first blood in Golden Point overtime.

Cho’s defeat continues the mixed fortunes endured by Team GB’s taekwondo stars at this summer’s Olympics.

Cho's heartbreak came when he was knocked out when Hongyi took the first blood in Golden Point overtime

Cho’s heartbreak came when he was knocked out when Hongyi took the first blood in Golden Point overtime

Jade Jones failed to become the first British woman to win gold at three consecutive Olympics after being knocked out by Refugee Olympic Team representative Kimia Alizadeh.

Bradly Sinden and Lauren Williams, however, fared better, taking silver in the men’s featherweight class and the women’s -67kg class respectively.

Bianca Walkden is the latest GB taekwondo star to start her Olympics as she takes on Kazakhstan’s Cansel Deniz in the quarter-finals of the women’s heavyweight.

But if Hongyi reaches the final of the +87kg competition, Cho will go into the repechage rounds

But if Hongyi reaches the final of the +87kg competition, Cho will go into the repechage rounds

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