Cheick Sallah Cissé

Cheick Sallah Cissé (born 19 September 1993) is an Ivorian taekwondo athlete.

Cheick Sallah Cissé
Personal information
Nickname(s)Polozo
NationalityIvorian
Born (1993-09-19) 19 September 1993 (age 28)
Bouaké, Cote d'Ivoire
Height189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Sport
SportTaekwondo
Event(s) –80 kg
ClubINEKA Taekwondo

After winning gold at the 2015 African Games in the men's 80 kg, he represented Ivory Coast at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the same category.[1] He reached the final of the tournament, competing against Britain's Lutalo Muhammad. Behind by six points to five, Cissé scored with a head-kick in the final second of the match to win the tie 8–6 and take the gold medal.[2] The gold was Ivory Coast's first ever Olympic title,[3] and came on a night where Ruth Gbagbi won a bronze in the women's 67 kg taekwondo, increasing the country's all-time Olympic medals from one to three in one session.[3]

He also qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the men's 80 kg event.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse". rio2016.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Olympic taekwondo results 2016: Ivory Coast's Cheick Sallah Cissé wins 80kg gold at the buzzer, South Korea's Oh Hye-Ri wins 67kg". SB Nation. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Cisse's last-second kick delivers gold for Ivory Coast". Reuters. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ Soir, Afrik (2020-02-24). "Côte d'Ivoire : Seydou Gbané et Aminata Traoré qualifiés en Taekwondo pour les JO 2020". Afrik Soir (in French). Archived from the original on 2020-02-25. Retrieved 2020-02-25.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for   Ivory Coast
Tokyo 2020
with
Marie-Josée Ta Lou
Succeeded by
Incumbent