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Personal information
Birth name Rohullah
Full name Rohullah Nikpai
Nationality Afghan
Born June 15, 1987 (1987-06-15) (age 32)
Wardak, Afghanistan
Residence Kabul, Afghanistan
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Country Afghanistan
Sport Taekwondo
Achievements and titles
World finals 2011 Gyeongju
Regional finals 2008 Luoyang
Olympic finals 2008 Beijing

Rohullah Nikpai (born June 15, 1987) is an Afghan athlete. He won an Olympic bronze medal for taekwondo.

Nikpai started his training in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the age of 10. At the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar Nikpai was in the flyweight division. He lost to silver medalist Nattapong Tewawetchapong of Thailand in round 16.

Nikpai was in Taekwondo at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He defeated two-time world champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain. Winning the bronze medal made him Afghanistan's first Olympic medalist in any event. Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai immediately called to congratulate Nikpai. He also gave him a house paid by the government. "I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war," Nikpai said.

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