London 2012: Muhammad knocked out of taekwondo competition with quarter-final defeat
16:17 10 August 2012
Walthamstow’s 21-year-old beaten by Spain’s Nicolas Garcia Hemme
Walthamstow’s Lutalo Muhammad was knocked out of the -80kg men’s taekwondo competition following a quarter-final defeat against Nicolas Garcia Hemme of Spain.
The fight began in a similar fashion to Muhammad’s first-round fight against Farkhod Negmatov, with both men contesting a cagey opening round, with neither registering a single point.
The action improved in the second round, as both fighters continued to size each other up, but the two minutes ended with the scores at 1-1, with the fight ready to be won or lost during the third.
However, in the third and final round, Hemme landed the first meaningful blow of the match with a strong head shot into Muhammad’s face.
And it proved too much for the 21-year-old to come back from, as the Spaniard ran out a 7-3 win, moving onto the semi-final stage of the competition.
“I think I had it in me to win the fight,” said Muhammad.
“I am disappointed in myself and I apologise to the fans who made the atmosphere terrific today.
“I did try my hardest, but it wasn’t enough.
“Nicolas is a good opponent, he did his homework, but there is no excuse and I wanted to win.
“I guess it wasn’t to be today. The crowd were wonderful and I am very grateful and just sorry that I couldn’t deliver.”