BIANCA WALKDEN will compete for taekwondo bronze after falling 25-24 to Korean pal Lee Dabin in the final second of her dramatic +67kg semi-final.
A series of gam-jeoms ultimately proved costly for the 29-year-old, who saw her gold medal dream come to an end at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall after being caught by Lee with just milliseconds to go.
Walkden, 29, had only been ahead for eight seconds of the contest when she got her nose back in front with a body punch with 10 seconds to go.
A penalty call against the Korean doubled her advantage with just three seconds on the clock.
But with her final attack, as the buzzer was about to sound, Lee caught the Brit with a head-kick.
Heartbroken Walkden, watched by close pal and flat-mate, dethroned 2012 and 2016 champ Jade Jones, slumped to the ground in a mixture of despair and diisbelief as the Korean celebrated.
The Liverpudlian still had shock written all over her face as she was led away, seemingly in a daze and it seems hard to believe she will come back and win her bronze medal bout at 1pm.
She will now have to pick herself up for the bronze medal match.
Mahama Cho, meanwhile, suffered a devastating defeat as his Olympic dream was ended with one kick.
The 31-year-old from Manchester, seeded fifth in the taekwondo heavyweight division, was seeking to follow the silver-winning examples set by Bradly Sinden and Lauren Williams.
But his campaign came to an instant end in a 'golden round' defeat by China’s Hingyi Sun.
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The pair could not be separated after three tight rounds, which saw no points at all in the final two minutes and a 4-4 draw.
That brought an extra 60 seconds, which saw Cho fall behind as he stumbled to earn a penalty.
And with the Brit having to attack in the final 20 seconds, he was caught by a trunk shot to be sent spinning out of the tournament.
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