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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 August, 2004, 21:04 GMT 22:04 UK
Row mars taekwondo final
Rashad Ahmadov shows his disappointment after losing the semi-final
The Olympic taekwondo competition descended into farce when Azerbaijan coaching staff launched an angry protest at Olympic officials.

The Azerbaijan team were left fuming after a technical ruling cost Rashad Ahmadov his under 80kg semi-final bout against Iran's Yossef Karami.

They stormed the fighting area and screamed at officials while Ahmadov staged a sit-in protest.

When the competition resumed, Steven Lopez claimed the gold medal.

The double world champion overcame a hostile crowd to defeat Turkey's Bahri Tanrikulu 3-0 for his second gold in as many Olympics.

Tanrikulu, who suffered an arm injury in the opening round, was a match for Stevens early on but lost out as the problem took its toll.

Iran's Yossef Karami beat Ahmadov 9-8 to claim the bronze.

In the women's under 67kg class, China's Luo Wei took gold after beating Elisavert Mystakidou of Greece 8-6 in the final.

South Korea's Hwang Kyung-sun won the bronze medal after beating Heidy Juarez of Guatemala 5-2.





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