It’s Taekwond woe for Team GB AGAIN as Bianca Walkden suffers a last-second defeat to cost her a chance at Olympic gold…
Distraught BBC pundit Lutalo Muhammad left the studio set as he watched Team GB star Bianca Walkden lose her taekwondo semi-final in the closing seconds.
Muhammad, who won the silver medal in taekwondo for Great Britain in Rio 2016, struggled to hide his disappointment when he saw Walkden painfully miss the women’s 67kg final.
The 30-year-old Brit has so far been a revelation as an pundit for the Tokyo Games and his latest display of emotion will have only endeared him to viewers.
This is when BBC pundit Lutalo Muhammad (pictured) saw Team GB star Bianca Walkden lose her taekwondo semi-final in the closing seconds
Ex-Team GB star Muhammad reacts in disbelief when Walkden loses to Lee Da-bin . from South Korea
Mohammed, who won silver in Rio 2016 in taekwondo, is running out of television after losing
But for Mohammed, it was like history was repeating itself when you consider how he suffered a similar last-second loss in his gold medal match in Rio 2016, leaving the studio set in disbelief on Tuesday morning.
Walkden’s loss in the last second quickly followed defeats to Team GB teammates Bradley Sinden and Lauren Williams, who both had to settle for silver medals after seeing the lead being reversed late in the evening.
As Muhammad analyzed for Walkden’s fight, host Dan Walker revealed how they had a camera on the former Olympian to capture his emotion before he left the set.
Walkden (left) became the latest British taekwondo star to endure last-second suffering
South Korea’s Lee Da-bin celebrates after landing a three-point head-kick right to the button that earned her a 25-24 win and a place in the final, as Walkden lay distraught on the floor
Walkden led South Korea’s Lee Da-bin by two points, but a three-point head-kick straight to the button gave her opponent a 25-24 win and a place in the final.
Mohammad tweeted seconds after the defeat: ‘Stripped!!!!!! @BiancaW_tkd fought brilliantly! So bad luck to miss the last second! She must now refocus and secure the bronze medal. Still a great opportunity to take home some precious metal! #Olympic Games #Tokyo2020 #Taekwondo’
Walkden got off to a nervous start to the game after already conceding three gam-jeom (penalties), leaving her 3-1 early on.
The three-time world champion pushed back into the game in the second, bringing the score back to 10-10 after being the aggressor, and landing two two-point kicks on the logs.
Mohammed tweeted after the match how upset he was for his fellow Brit Walkden
Walkden (left) Muhammad (center) and Jade Jones (right) pose with their Olympic medals during a Rio 2016 victory parade in Manchester
But it was the final lap that broke the hearts of Walkden and her Team GB teammate Jade Jones, who watched from the sidelines.
Walkden recovered after an early head kick from Lee in the third round, in which she dealt blows to the body to get herself back into the game.
However, eight more controversial gam-jeoms had the Team GB star go all out before going into the final minute of the fight.
Walkden is said to have kicked her opponents after the referee halted the proceedings, causing a lengthy TV review to fall in Lee’s favour, giving the Briton another two points.
A spirited kickback from the Briton landed her some body shots to give her a late round lead and send her to the final where she would fight for a gold medal.
Walkden picks himself off the floor after Lee Da-bin’s last second defeat
But then the drama hit.
The South Korean dodged Walkden and then delivered a brutal head kick and scored her three points in the final milliseconds, giving her a one-point victory.
Lee will now fight for the gold medal in the 67kg final, while Walkden will have the chance to secure bronze on Wednesday.