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Abu Libdeh goes for Olympic glory


London: Jordan’s bid for its first ever Olympic medal will continue on Thursday when World No. 3 Mohammed Abu Libdeh goes for glory in the taekwondo 68kg event at the ExCel Arena.

Abu Lidbeh has been drawn against unseeded Isah Mohammed, of Nigeria, in the first round match and is expected to be in action at around 1.15pm (Jordan time).

The 28 year-old has enjoyed a glorious career at Arab, Asian and World level but this is his first Olym;pic Games and he says he is looking forward to it.

"It has been a great experience so far,” he said. "I have trained very hard and feel good. The Olympics have the best 16 fighters in the world and there is no easy match so every opponent has to be respected. I will do my very best for Jordan.”

Abu Libdeh is the second of three taekwondo athletes representing Jordan at London 2012.

Youngster Raya Hatahet gave a great account of herself, but came up short against Jannet Alegria Pena of Mexico in her first round 49kg match. Hatahet was only called into the team two weeks ago after Dana Haider withdrew with an injury.

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Jordan Olympic Committee President, attended the match along with HRH Prince Rashid Al Hassan and Princess Zaina Rashid. Samer Kamal, who won a bronze at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 when taekwondo was a test event, also attended.