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Rohullah Nikpai fighting fit for Afghanistan



Wed 30 Nov 11: Afghan taekwondo fighters Rohullah Nikpai and Nesar Ahmad Bahawi are set for London 2012.

Rohullah Nikpai, Afghanistan's first Olympic medallist
Rohullah books his place at London 2012

Bahawi won gold and Nikpai a bronze at an Olympic qualifying tournament in Bangkok. Afghanistan now have two places for the sport at the London Games - the pair will likely fill them.

Social media sites have been buzzing with reaction from Afghans.

Fahim Behzad writes: "This is a massive achievement and we need to show them our support!! Congratulations to both of them and to the nation as a whole!!"

Maria Uranus says: "Hopefully the Afghan government will appreciate these two champions. Today, they made us proud in the world! Bravo boys and please come back as winners."

Wed 04 May 11: Rohullah has claimed a bronze medal at the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea.

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Nikpai takes bronze at World Championships

He made it through to the semi-final of the under 68kg category where he was defeated by Iran's Mohammad Bagheri Motamed 12-5.

Fri 19 Nov 10: Rohullah Nikpai has been knocked out of the Asian Games, being held in Guangzhou, China.

Rohullah won his first fight in the under 68kg category against Maksim Rafalovich 3-1 but failed to make it to the quarter-final stage when he was beaten 1-0 by Taiwan's Lo Tsung Jui.



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