Rohullah Nikpai speaking in 2012
|Full name||Rohullah Nikpai|
|Born||June 15, 1987
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||2011 Gyeongju|
|Regional finals||2008 Luoyang|
|Olympic finals||2008 Beijing|
Nikpai started his training in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the age of 10. At the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar Nikpai was in the flyweight division. He lost to silver medalist Nattapong Tewawetchapong of Thailand in round 16.
Nikpai was in Taekwondo at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He defeated two-time world champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain. Winning the bronze medal made him Afghanistan's first Olympic medalist in any event. Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai immediately called to congratulate Nikpai. He also gave him a house paid by the government. "I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war," Nikpai said.
References[change | change source]
- Rohullah Nikpai. london2012.com
- Nikpai hopes his medal can serve as message of peace ESPN
- Amir Shah; Rahim Faiez (20 August 2008). "Afghanistan in awe after winning first Olympic medal.". Associated Press (USA Today). http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/beijing/fight/2008-08-20-afghan-medalist_N.htm?csp=34. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- Athlete Biography of Rohullah Nikpai