Team Nigeria’s chances of winning medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Thursday continued to diminish as Isah Muhammad lost in the qualification round of taekwondo.
Fighting in the men’s 68 kg category event at the ExCel-South Arena 1, Muhammad lost by 1-13 points to Jordan’s Mohammad Abulibdeh who is the competition’s number three seed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was one of several fights lined up for day two of the taekwondo sport competition on the Games’ 13th day.
The Jordanian raced to a 6-0 lead in the fight’s first round through two head kicks, each earning him three points.
He consolidated his position by winning the second round 7-1, with Muhammad earning his lone point through a penalty point.
This therefore made the third round unnecessary, and the three judges then gave the fight in Abulibdeh favour, declaring it 13-1 on a PTG (win by points gap).
Abulibdeh thus advanced to the quarter-finals against Diogo Silva of Brazil who had also beaten Dmitriy Kim of Uzbekistan.
With Muhammad’s loss, Team Nigeria now rests its hopes of a medal in taekwondo on 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Chika Chukwumerije.
Chukwumerije has number four seed Robelis Despaigne of Cuba to contend with in their men’s +80 kg preliminary round fight slated for Saturday.
The fight is to start from 10.45 a.m., with the event’s gold medal match scheduled for 10.30 p.m.
NAN reports that Nigeria has not had the best of times at the Games with hopes of a medal in any event gradually fading by the day.
While Nigeria has crashed out of events like basketball, table tennis, canoeing, weightlifting and boxing, hopes still linger for some good fortunes in athletics, taekwondo and wrestling.
In athletics, Selim Nurudeeen had failed to reach the men’s 110 metres hurdles final by finishing fifth in heat two of the semi-finals on Wednesday night with a time of 13.55 seconds.
Minutes later, Ajoke Odumosu had finished last in the women’s 400 metres hurdles final with a time of 55.31 seconds.
However, there were still hopes of a medal at least from athletics.
The men’s triple jump final is scheduled for Thursday night, while the women’s relay races still offer hopes.
The 4 x 100 metres round one is to hold on Thursday night, while the 4 x 400 metres round one holds on Friday night.
The two male wrestlers were also being expected to spring some surprises.