Jordan’s Taekwondo team has delivered a third medal at the Asian Games after Saleh El Sharabaty won bronze in the -80kg weight. The 19-year-old showed his potential by beating top class opponents before seeing his run finish in the semi-finals against World No 3 and two-time World Championship silver medallist Rafalovich Nikita, of Uzbekistan. After receiving a bye into the last 16, in his opening fight El Sharabaty stormed past Japan’s Hidenori Ebata, 28-8, before overcoming 2018 Asian Champion, Linglong Chen, of China, 13-8, to reach the semi-final. His last four fight against Nikita went right to the wire but the Jordanian lost 4-2 to settle for bronze. “I couldn’t quite make it to the final but I am very pleased with my performance here and know that I still have so much more to give as I gain more experience,” said El Sharabaty. His medal joins the Taekwondo gold won by Juliana Al Sadeq and bronze won by Hamzeh Qattan.
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