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Nesar Ahmad Bahawi (Persian: نثاراحمد بهاوی, born March 27, 1984 in Kapisa Province) is an Afghan Taekwondo practitioner. He won the silver medal in the lightweight category (72 kg) at the 2007 World Taekwondo Championships, edging out 2004 Olympic Champion Hadi Saei in the semifinals. It was the second international medal for Afghanistan in any sport – the first was one by Badamgul Multazim, a heavyweight Taekwondo practitioner.

Nesar Ahmad Bahave
Personal information
Nationality Afghan
Born (1984-03-27) March 27, 1984 (age 34)
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Country  Afghanistan
Sport Taekwondo
Event(s) Men's -80kg

Nesar won the bronze medal in the lightweight category at the 2006 Asian Games, and represented Afghanistan in the -68kg category at the Beijing Olympics, where he also acted as flagbearer in the opening ceremony. Nesar won the gold medal in the 2009 Asian Martial Arts Games for taekwondo in the 72 kg weight range category. In 2010, he won the silver medal in the men's under 80 kg category at the 2010 Asian Games.

Nesar acted as flagbearer for Afghanistan again at the 2012 London Olympics, where he competed in the -80 kg category. On August 10, while suffering from a leg injury, he advanced from the preliminaries to the quarterfinals where he was defeated by Sebastián Crismanich of Argentina. As Sebastián advanced to the gold medal match, Nesar advanced to the bronze medal match, where he lost 0–4 against Mauro Sarmiento of Italy.[1]


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