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Brave Harvey loses to top Mexican

Michael Harvey
Harvey's (right) Olympic preparation has been in Britain and Cuba

Michael Harvey's hopes of an Olympic taekwondo medal were dented by a sudden-death loss to Mexico's Guillermo Perez in the men's -58kg category.

The 18-year-old Briton had trailed the World Championship silver medallist by two points but forced the bout into an extra round by a late surge.

Harvey will get another chance in the repechage if Perez makes the final.

"It's great experience for 2012 but I wanted to go further," said Harvey, who thought he had snatched victory.

"I caught his pad but obviously it wasn't hard enough or the judges missed it. I thought I had a good chance going into that last round but obviously it didn't go the right way.

"I did well because I was up against the world silver medallist but he was there to be beaten and I'm a bit gutted that I've lost."

Michael will be a very big surprise in 2012 and we will have a very strong team

GB's head coach Nelson Miller

Great Britain head coach Nelson Miller is hopeful Mancunian Harvey will benefit from his Beijing experience.

"I think Michael performed quite well in his first major tournament," said the Cuban.

"He was quite nervous at the beginning of the first round, but it's one of the best performances from Michael.

"Michael is only 18 so this is about his preparation for 2012. Michael will be a very big surprise in 2012 and we will have a very strong team."

Sarah Stevenson, competing in her third Olympics in the +67kg category, will have to overcome 2006 World Cup bronze medallist Nadin Dawani of Jordan in her first match on Saturday.

Aaron Cook, GB's world junior champion and still only 17, will make his Olympic debut in the -80kg class on Friday.




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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSouth Korea 4 0 0 4
Men's Over 80kg 1 0 0
Men's Under 68kg 1 0 0
Women's Under 57kg 1 0 0
Women's Under 67kg 1 0 0
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Men's Under 58kg 1 0 0
Women's Over 67kg 1 0 0
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Men's Under 80kg 0 0 1
Women's Under 49kg 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forIran 1 0 0 1
Men's Under 80kg 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forUSA 0 1 2 3
Men's Under 68kg 0 1 0
Men's Under 80kg 0 0 1
Women's Under 57kg 0 0 1
6 also show each event results forTurkey 0 1 1 2
Men's Under 68kg 0 0 1
Women's Under 57kg 0 1 0
7 also show each event results forCanada 0 1 0 1
Women's Under 67kg 0 1 0
8 also show each event results forDominican Rep 0 1 0 1
Men's Under 58kg 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forGreece 0 1 0 1
Men's Over 80kg 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 0 1
Men's Under 80kg 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 0 1
Women's Over 67kg 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forThailand 0 1 0 1
Women's Under 49kg 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forChinese Taipei 0 0 2 2
Men's Under 58kg 0 0 1
Men's Under 68kg 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forCroatia 0 0 2 2
Women's Under 57kg 0 0 1
Women's Under 67kg 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forAfghanistan 0 0 1 1
Men's Under 58kg 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forBrazil 0 0 1 1
Women's Over 67kg 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forCuba 0 0 1 1
Women's Under 49kg 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Women's Under 67kg 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forGreat Britain 0 0 1 1
Women's Over 67kg 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forKazakhstan 0 0 1 1
Men's Over 80kg 0 0 1
21 also show each event results forNigeria 0 0 1 1
Men's Over 80kg 0 0 1
22 also show each event results forVenezuela 0 0 1 1
Women's Under 49kg 0 0 1

see also
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
GB handed tough taekwondo openers
19 Aug 08 |  Taekwondo
GB taekwondo team in Rome
18 Apr 08 |  Taekwondo


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