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Afghanistan Wins First Olympic Medal

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Afghanistan Wins First Olympic Medal

Afghanistan Wins First Olympic Medal

Afghanistan Wins First Olympic Medal

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Afghanistan won its first Olympic medal ever today. Rohullah Nikpai won a bronze in the men's under 58-kilogram tae kwon do event in Beijing. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Nikpai to congratulate him, a presidential spokesman said.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

One more Olympic note. A stunning upset today in tae kwon do. Defending world champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain lost to a relative unknown, 21-one-year-old Rohullah Nikpai of Afghanistan. With the win came a bronze medal. It's the first medal ever for Afghanistan. Nikpai has been practicing tae kwon do since he was 10, though he told the Associated Press this: My training situation is a lot like the situation in my country - it's not good. Then again, he may get a new gym in the new house that he's been offered courtesy of the Afghan government.

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