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21st July 2013

Late knockout blow for Sansum

The last day of the World Championships in Puebla, Mexico provided the same storyline for Great Britain. So close to a medal with hopes undone in the dying seconds of a match.

Fighting Chance graduate Damon Sansum took on Russia's Anton Kotkov in a last 16 tie in the -80kg category and was well in control of a fight that he fully deserved to win. But with time almost up he conceded a headshot and had no time to recover, going down 7-6. It was a painful repeat of what had happened earlier in the week to Bianca Walkden and Michael Harvey and highlighted the fine margin between victory and defeat.

"I felt good the whole day, especially after getting through the first fight nerves" said the Elgin fighter.

"I was 100% confident I could get a medal if not win it outright.

"I felt really strong after knocking out the Turkish seed and then when I fought (Anton) Kotkov, I was up the whole way until the last few seconds.

"I went in with a headshot at the same as he tried it. He just clipped me and its just one of those things. It wasn't meant to be.

"I guess it's not my time and I need to go back to training because I know I can beat these guys and be the best."

Reflecting on a week where Great Britain has had several near misses, Sansum said: "we've trained hard as a team for these Championships, there's no doubt about that.

"Nobody has trained harder and everyone of us has shown we're good enough but it just hasn't been our week.

"Now we've got to get back to Manchester, regroup and get ready for the Grand Prix (December) when I know we'll be stronger." 

Day 7

Damon Sansum, Male -80kg

1st Round  Beat Maksim Rafalovich (UZB) 22-19

2nd Round Beat Yunus Sari (TUR) 7-4

3rd Round Lost to Anton Kotkov (RUS) 6-7

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