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Muhammad clinches bronze

Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad celebrates after winning bronze against Armenia's Arman Yeremyan. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Walthamstow's Lutalo Muhammad has won a bronze medal in the under-80kg Olympic taekwondo competition.

He was a controversial pick for London 2012 because he wasn't number one in the UK rankings, but a medal tonight goes a long way to justifying his selection.


Muhammad's Olympic boost after taekwondo decision

Lutalo Muhammad was controversially named in the GB taekwondo team. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The British Olympic Association have backed the selection of Londoner Lutalo Muhammad in the Olympic taekwondo team after it rejected the latest appeal from his rival Aaron Cook. Cook is ranked world number 1 in the under-80 kg category but was left out by the GB Taekwondo selectors.

The BOA ruled there was not enough evidence that the selection process was flawed and have told Cook he cannot appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as it is not the "correct forum". However, Cook could still take his case to the High Court.


Lutalo Muhammad: 'I take confidence from the fact they picked me'

The Walthamstow athlete at the centre of a row over the team selection for taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympics has been speaking to ITV news about his excitement at being able to represent his country.

Lutalo Muhammad was chosen ahead of the world number one Aaron Cook in the under-80kg division. Cook's supporters believe the decision was influenced by the fact that he left the GB Taekwondo set-up a year ago to work outside the programme.

But performance director Gary Hall has denied that was the case.

He said: "The selection policy has never included world rankings because it doesn't tell a true reflection on performance.

"World number one in our selection policy comes down to whether you win world medals, European medals or Olympic medals. We totally respect the system, but it doesn't tell us entirely what the performance potential of each athlete is."

Lutalo Muhammad speaks to ITV News about his excitement at being able to represent his country - and how the row over his selection has affected him.