Tokyo 2020: I learnt in Rio that every second counts - Team GB's taekwondo contender Lutalo Muhammad
After missing out on gold at Rio 2016 in the final moment of his final, Muhammad says he has a new outlook on competition and training, which has made him a "better man and a better athlete". With 100 days to go until Tokyo, the taekwondo fighter has been outlining how he can upgrade from silver in Japan.
Lutalo Muhammad agonisingly missed out on taekwondo Olympic gold at Rio 2016
Muhammad’s last-second heartbreak in 80kg taekwondo final at Rio 2016
The 29-year-old Briton, who has moved up a weight division from his previous -80kg but whose ticket to Tokyo has yet to be confirmed, will not be making that mistake again.
"The lesson of every second counts is something that I definitely apply to my personal life and my training life," the 2016 silver and 2012 bronze medallist told Reuters.
"The table was ready and set for me to go become Olympic champion and in the last second it was snatched away.
Even one second can make all the difference. Every rep in the gym counts, every kick counts when I’m kicking the pad, every punch counts, every lift counts, every extra bit of nutrition counts... that’s the lesson I really learned then.
"Every second counts so remembering how marginal the gains and losses are, I think has made me a better man and a better athlete."