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Niyameddin Pashayev expected Rashad to score Olympic medal

Baku. Elshen Mammadov - APA-Sport. “it is hard to predict anything because Summer Olympic Games are always full of surprise. To tell the truth, we all expected Rashad to score a medal in Beijing”, Azerbaijan taekwondo fighter Niyameddin Pashayev told APA-Sport.

World champion stated that Rashad Ahmadov performed with less decisiveness in semifinal bout against Hamid Saei of Iran.
“We expected Rashad to fight in other style in semifinal but he failed”, he said.
Pashayev spoke about Ahmadov’s bronze medal bout against US fighter Steven Lopez. He said Ahmadov lost the fight for the mistakes he made in the last few seconds.
“I talked to Rashad on the phone after the fight with Lopez. He told me that he decided to attack because he didn’t want additional round. The judges didn’t give points though Rashad also beat the rival. Lopez scored the winning point instead”, he added.
Pashayev stated that the referees didn’t make serious mistakes to influence the result.
Ahmadov took the 5th place in Olympics in a row.

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