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Abu Ghaush beats taekwondo world champion

By JT - Aug 18,2016 - Last updated at Aug 18,2016

AMMAN — Jordan player Ahmad Abu Ghaush qualified to the semi-finals of the Olympic taekwondo -68kg competition after beating world champion Daehoon Lee on Thursday, according to the Rio Olympics' official website.

Abu Ghaush beat the South Korean 11-8.

In his opening match earlier on Thursday Abu Ghaush took on Egypt’s Ghofran Ahmed in Carioca Arena 3, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service. 

Abu Ghaush, the youngest in the division at just 20, had beaten the Egyptian in their previous three meetings, and kept that streak going with a 9-1 victory over the 23-year-old. 

“I am thrilled to have got off to a winning start,” said the Amman-based student. 

“I will focus on my next fight now which will be another tough opponent.” 

He fought against the far taller opponent and opened his account with a head kick right on the first round buzzer to take a 3-0 lead. 

The Jordanian continued his strong performance through the remaining two rounds to cruise through to victory. 

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