Jordan Rises to Triumph With its First Ever Gold at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Taekwondo star Ahmad Abughaush had a comfortable 10-5 lead with just three seconds of the bout remaining!

Ahmad Abughaush Jordan

It’s fun and celebration everywhere in Jordan! The nation is celebrating its first victory with gold medal after taekwondo star Ahmad Abughaush made a run for it. Ahmad Abughaush, a 20-year-old student from Amman, claimed Jordan’s first ever Olympic medal when he beat Russian Alexey Denisenko to win Taekwondo gold in the men’s 68kg category.

The high-kicking star, who was seeded 10th, used his quick footwork and effective kicks to score a 10-6 upset win over Russia’s Alexey Denisenko, the 2012 London Games bronze medalist. Abughaush reached the final by edging Spain’s Joel Gonzalez Bonilla, who topped the men’s 58kg at London 2012 in the semifinals.

Abughaush, who is studying business management, earned a quick point and kept the lead into the last round. Then he scored six points in a row to seal a 10-6 historical victory. The men’s bronze medals were won by Spain’s Joel Bonilla Gonzalez and South Korea’s Lee Dae-hoon.

Jordan first competed at the Olympics in 1980 in Moscow. Abughaush’s win at Rio 2016 Olympic Games has not only made the country proud, but also set a benchmark for the young generation to follow suit.

Make sure to stay up to date with the latest Jordanian Athletes results at Rio 2016 Olympics and remember that you can always connect to the internet for free from Zain in several places in Jordan like Rainbow street.