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Mahama Cho

DATE OF BIRTH
August 16 1989

WEIGHT
+80kg

CAREER HIGH
Silver at the 2017 World Championships, gold at the 2013 Grand Prix (Manchester) and 2017 Grand Prix (Rabat)

CAREER RESULTS

2018 Serbia Open
Gold

2018 Grand Prix (Taipei)
Bronze

2018 Sofia Open
Bronze

2017 French Open
Silver

2017 Grand Prix (London)
Bronze

2017 Grand Prix (Rabat)
Gold

2017 World Championships
Silver

2017 Moldova Open
Gold

2016 President's Cup
Gold

2016 Rio Qualification Tournament
Gold

2015 Serbian Open
Bronze

2015 Polish Open
Silver

2015 Grand Prix (Moscow)
Bronze

2015 US Open
Silver

2014 Paris Open
Gold

2014 Commonwealth Championships
Gold

2014 Grand Prix (Astana)
Silver

2014 Grand Prix (Suzhou)
Bronze

2014 Swiss Open
Gold

2014 Bahrain Open
Gold

2014 Fujairah Open
Bronze

2014 Luxor Open
Silver

2013 Paris Open
Silver

2013 Grand Prix (Manchester)
Gold

2013 Spanish Open
Bronze

2013 Dutch Open
Gold

2013 German Open
Gold

2013 US Open
Bronze

2012 Israel Open
Gold

2012 Spanish Open
Bronze

2012 Dutch Open
Bronze

About Mahama

A longstanding member of the GB Taekwondo team, Mahama is best known for his trademark punch.

His Taekwondo legacy began when he was chosen as a wild card option at the inaugural Manchester Grand Prix in 2013, which he went onto win in the heavyweight category. This win meant that Mahama had qualified to compete at the remaining events in the series.

Since then, the fighter has built up his medal tally by competing at the Swiss, Paris and Luxor Opens – to name but a few.

In 2014, Mahama once again fought in the Grand Prix series and despite losing in the Manchester leg, won silver and bronze abroad.

Mahama also qualified to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning the European Qualification Tournament in  January of that year. He missed out on medalling at the Games but respectively finished 4th.

In 2017, Mahama gained his first major medal in the form of a silver at the World Championships in Muju, which was swiftly followed by a gold medal win at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Rabat.


60 SECOND INTERVIEW

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY:
I was eight years old and Taekwondo was part of my family heritage. My dad, Zakaia Cho, was African National champion and someone people looked up to.

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED:
I played semi pro football for Erith Town when I was 16. At 17, I switched to taekwondo. It was a tough decision. I can still hear my father saying 'why'?

AMBITION:
To medal at the Europeans, World and Olympics.

ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN:
Pascal Gentil-he was a heavyweight whose skills were so unique for taekwondo. I would loved to have fought him.

Also Paul Green-he was my first coach in the GB team. He is just so enthusiastic and you are glad to have him in your corner.

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO:
It's the best sport; nothing comes close. It's dynamic, it;'s fast and challenging. No type of martial art comes close to taekwondo.

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:
Probably retire my parents, Zakaia Cho and Susan Bishop straight away; send them to a nice island. They've been there for me throughout my career.

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT MAHAMA CHO:
When people see me outside of the ring, I am usually full of smiles. They don't know that there is an aggressive side to me. The ring is my kingdom and I am not going in to be second best.


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