GB’S Men Down Under Start New Bronze Age
London 2012 Olympian Martin Stamper took Great Britain’s final medal tally at the Australian Open to three on the final day of competition in Melbourne.
Stamper won a bronze at -68kg after South Coast pair Max Cater (Southampton) and Ben Haines (Portsmouth) also finished third at -54kg and -74kg respectively 24 hours earlier.
But there was no podium place for the final member of the Manchester trained, GB Academy squad, Lutalo Muhammad.
A bronze medallist a week earlier at the European Games, Muhammad went out in the quarter-finals of the -80kg weight division.
Liverpudlian Stamper, at 28, the oldest member of the team, has made the most of his unexpected opportunities after 2014 European Championship bronze medallist, Ruebyn Richards, suffered a recent knee injury.
Stamper took his team mate’s place in Baku, reaching the quarter-finals, before adding to a vast medal collection-including a 2011 World Championship bronze- Down Under.
The dad of one dropped only three points in his first two bouts, scoring 24 in reply. In contrast, his semi-final show down against Joo-Seong Lee of South Korea proved a tighter affair and eventually went to golden point.
Lee progressed in sudden death but then had to settle for a silver medal in the final as Eduardo Longobardi of Spain claimed gold.
Muhammad’s first match was a 46 points attack-a-thon against Scott Casey of New Zealand before a 12-3 defeat against eventual bronze medalist, Wei-ting Liu of Chinese Taipei. Torann Maizerol of France finished with gold.
However, next month provides another medal shot as Muhammad, a psychology student, will attend the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea from July 3-7. He also competed at the 2011 edition in China.