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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Green taekwondo hopes end
Paul Green beat Satriyo Rahadhani in th opening round
Paul Green's hopes of winning an Olympic taekwondo medal for Britain ended after he was beaten in the under-58kg quarter-finals.

The 27-year-old, European champion in 2003, beat Indonesian Satriyo Rahadhani in the opening round but then lost 4-2 to Quoc Hyuan Nguyen of Vietnam.

Green would still have had a chance of winning a bronze medal via repechage if Nguyen had won his next bout.

But he was crushed 8-0 by Mexico's Oscar Francisco Salazar Blanco.

Green revealed afterwards that he had been severely hampered by a long-standing groin tear which had required an anaesthetic injection at the start of the day.

It was my dream to medal at the Olympics and I could definitely have got a silver, but that's life
Paul Green

"I felt it go in the first round. I felt a lump in my stomach but I just had to carry on," he said.

"I did it about eight weeks ago and I thought it was over then. But I wasn't going to give up.

"I've had rubbish preparation but I thought I'd come here and give it my best shot.

"I'm a bit of a madman with training so it's affected me a lot. I've not been able to do my normal regime and I've been having physio with the English Institute of Sport twice a day.

"I beat that guy [Nguyen] in the Olympic qualifiers when I was fit," he added.

"It's very disappointing. It was my dream to medal at the Olympics and I could definitely have got a silver, but that's life."





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