Maddock Impresses On World Championship Debut
Charlie Maddock finished with a taekwondo lesson on her World Championship debut but justified her first time selection with a hat-trick of wins to boost her confidence.
The former kick boxing champion, 19, was one victory short of a guaranteed medal in the -49kg division but found China’s double Olympic champion, Wu Jingyu, too hot to handle.
However, with the European Games coming up in Azerbaijan next month, Maddock aims to learn from her Chelyabinsk experience.
“I’m really disappointed to have gone out in the end, like that,” said the Stoke on Trent born teenager after her one-sided quarter-final exit against her 27-year-old rival.
“I probably gave her too much respect and she’s such a top fighter that it was so hard to get in the fight once I went down.
“It doesn’t feel like it now but its been a good day overall and a great experience. I’d like to have gone all the way but I hope this will give me something to build on for Baku in a few weeks time.
“I knew I had to give everything I had but it wasn’t enough.”
Jingyu, also twice world champion and twice Asian Games gold medalist, took full advantage of the new scoring system, allowing three points for reverse body shots. Three times Maddock was caught by the move as well as a head shot.
However, the Potteries fighter showed her qualities earlier in the tournament, whitewashing Finland’s Tanja Pasanen 10-0 on her first step onto the world stage.
In her second bout, Maddock recovered from losing a 4-2 lead in the final round to edge out American Charlotte Craig on golden point.
She then made it three from three by beating Japan’s Miyu Yamada 6-4 with a couple of late points. Despite defeat to Jingyu, Maddock collected valuable ranking points towards potential Rio 2016 qualification and great experience less than two years after joining the GB Academy through the Fighting Chance talent identification programme.
Tamworth’s Andrew Deer went out in the second round of his own World Championship debut. He defeated Venezuela’s Javier Medina 12-7 in his opening bout before losing 16-14 to Philippines’ Samuel Morrison in the second round.
Commonwealth champion Deer built a handy first round advantage with a couple of head shots but trailed 10-7 going into the last round. Deer was quick out of the blocks at the start of the third, landing a head shot and regaining the lead.
But Morrison wasn’t going to be denied and when Deer had a video appeal turned down for a head shot that would have given him the lead, Morrison took full advantage.
-49kg: Charlie Maddock
Round One: Beat Tanja Pasanen (FIN) 10-0
Round Two: Beat Charlotte Craig (USA) 4-4, by golden point
Round Three: Beat Miyu Yamada (JPN) 6-4
Quarter final: Lost to Wu Jingyu (CHN) 0-15
-74kg: Andrew Deer
Round One: Beat Javier Medina (VEN) 12-7
Round Two: Lost to Samuel Morrison (PHI) 14-16
Schedule (+4 hour time difference in Chelyabinsk)
May 14: -68kg Ruebyn Richards (Nottingham)
May 15: -54 Max Cater (Southampton)
May 16: +87kg Mahama Cho (Stockwell)
May 17: -63kg Jordan Gayle (Manchester)
May 18: -80kg Damon Sansum (Elgin)
May 15: -53kg Georgia Barnes (Southampton); +73kg Bianca Walkden (Liverpool)
May 16: -73kg Jade Slavin (Consett)
May 17: -57kg Jade Jones (Flint)
May 18: -62kg Rachelle Booth (Wigan)