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Lutalo Muhammad wins Children in Need Strictly special

BSc Sport and Exercise Science student and Olympic medallist takes Strictly Come Dancing title on record-breaking fundraising night

BSc Sport and Exercise Science student and two-time Olympic medallist in the discipline of taekwondo Lutalo Muhammad is now a Strictly Come Dancing champion after winning the BBC Children in Need special.

Lutalo Muhammad with his partner Karen Clifton and the Children in Need Strictly trophyPhoto from instagram @lutalomuhammad

Partnered with Karen Clifton, Lutalo mixed tango and taekwondo in his ballroom routine with judge Bruno Tonioli describing him afterwards as a “master of both disciplines”.

Competing against fellow Team GB athletes Helen Glover, Hollie Webb and Joe Clarke, and their partners Pasha Kovalev, Neil Jones and Janette Manrara, Lutalo sprinted around the dancefloor high fiving the audience when head judge Len Goodman announced the winning duo.

Lutalo, who was just one second away from gold in Rio, told presenter Tess Daley: “This feels fantastic”.

Lutalo Muhammad and his partner Karen Clifton

Photo from instagram @lutalomuhammad

Taking to Instagram later, he added: “Thank you @karencliftonofficial for being the best dance teacher ever! Please please please keep on giving to Children in Need!”

In all, Karen and Lutalo’s efforts helped the BBC raise a record £46.6 million on the night - £9.5 million more than in 2015.

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