Rohullah Nikpai

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Rohullah Nikpai
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Rohullah Nikpai speaking in 2012
Personal information
Birth nameRohullah
Full nameRohullah Nikpai
Nationality Afghanistan
Born (1987-06-15) June 15, 1987 (age 35)
Wardak, Afghanistan[1]
ResidenceKabul, Afghanistan
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Achievements and titles
World finals2011 Gyeongju
Regional finals2008 Luoyang
Olympic finals2008 Beijing

Rohullah Nikpai (born June 15, 1987) is an athlete from Afghanistan. He won an Olympic bronze medal for taekwondo.

Nikpai started his training in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the age of 10.[2] 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.[3] "I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war," Nikpai said.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rohullah Nikpai Archived 2013-01-28 at
  2. Nikpai hopes his medal can serve as message of peace ESPN
  3. "Sochi 2021 Olympics - Yahoo Sports".
  4. Amir Shah; Rahim Faiez (20 August 2008). "Afghanistan in awe after winning first Olympic medal". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  5. Athlete Biography of Rohullah Nikpai