Jordan’s taekwondo silver medallist Saleh Elsharabaty congratulated Maksim Khramtcov's victory in their 80kg final.
to win the men’s taekwondo -80kg gold medal on Monday.
Despite losing the final fight, Elsharabaty is happy to see Russian won the gold medal around his neck
"He is so strong,"
the 22-year-old said.
"I've trained with him a lot in Jordan; we are like brothers.
"I am really happy for him and I am happy with the silver this time. In (the Paris Games in 2024) I want the gold,"
Elsharabaty’s path to the silver medal saw him beat
5-4 in the round of 16,
of Morocco 17-15 in the quarterfinal, and
of Uzbekistan 13-11 in the semifinal.
In the final, he came up against a formidable opponent in
and the Russian easily won the match 20-9.
After the final buzzer, both athletes held each other. After the requisite post-match fist-bump with the opposing teams' coaches, they gave each other a second hug.
Khramtcov lost his mom six months ago and winning the gold medal was a special moment for him.
"I never thought of giving up,"
he said when asked how he coped with the loss
"My mother wanted to see a gold medal in my hands so I had to come to get it. Now I have it round my neck for her."