Ivory Coast won its first ever Olympic gold medal on Friday night when Cheick Sallah Cisse kicked his way to the top in the men’s under-80 kilograms taekwondo final.
The Ivorian defeated Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad with a last second reverse turn kick. Whiles Cisse and his manager jubilated, his competitor who is the British number one was left distraught, shedding tears after the game.
In a post match interview, the Brit praised Cisse but promised to exact revenge at a later date. “He’s a very great champion, I wish him all the best, and I’ll get him next time,” he said.
He’s a very great champion, I wish him all the best, and I’ll get him next time.
The west African nation’s only other previous medal was a silver won by Gabriel Tiacoh in the men’s 400m at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
There was more good news for Ivory Coast in the taekwondo after Sallah Cisse’s feat with Ruth Gbagbi also winning the bronze medal in the women’s under-67 kilogram class.
Africa’s medal haul at the ongoing Olympic games has been largely limited to East African countries like Ethiopia and Kenya in long distance contests. South Africa have however won a couple of medals in Rio.
Well done to Ivory Coast Cisse for winning the 80kg Taekwando💪🏿💪🏿#Olympic#brasil#Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/UYsIic1Bry— Michael Essien (@MichaelEssien) August 20, 2016