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Tunisia Olympic star Khalil Jendoubi gives brilliant reply when asked about looking like Man Utd ace Bruno Fernandes

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-25
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TUNISIA'S teenage taekwondo sensation Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi took home a silver medal on his Olympics debut in Tokyo.

And he also turned heads with his resemblance to Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes.

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Jendoubi celebrates with his well earned silver medal Credit: AP
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Some Man United will fans will have had to do a double take Credit: Reuters

After narrowly losing out on points in the final of the taekwondo 58kg event, a beIN Sports reporter asked him about his famous lookalike.

But rather than agree with the suggestion Jendoubi, 19, claimed that he looks more like a certain former Arsenal ace.

He said: "I think I look more like Ozil."

Jendoubi may not quite have the following of the Portuguese or German stars just yet.

But his performances in Tokyo will have had Olympics aficionados taking note.

His run to the final saw him defeat Solomon Demse of Ethiopia and South Korea's medal favourite Jang Jung.

It was only Italy's Vito Dell'Aquila that was able to halt his run, defeating him on points in a close final.

Meanwhile, British taekwondo star Jade Jones surprisingly crashed out of the women's 57kg event at the first hurdle against Kimia Alizadeh of the IOC Refugee Team.

The devastated star, 28, later explained to BBC Sport: "I've still not had a lot of time to think about it. I think it'll take a while to sink in, but I think I just put too much pressure on myself.

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"Coming out [to Tokyo] was hard, I felt scared, I felt just too much pressure. And then the whole tournament has been obviously different to what we've been used to.

"I'm used to having my family there, so when I am scared - coming out [to compete] - them cheering for me gives me that extra push to go for it. I just kind of got trapped in that fear mode today, so just obviously devastated and I think I could have done more.

"But I gave it my best under those circumstances and just obviously gutted and wish I could have brought back the gold for everybody at home."

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Jendoubi narrowly lost out in the gold medal match Credit: AFP

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