Pearce Lands First Major Medal in Montreux
Feyi Pearce won a bronze medal today (Thursday) at the 2016 European Championships in Montreux, Switzerland.
London-born Pearce battled through three rounds, notably beating 3 x European Champion Levent Tuncat of Germany, before making it to the -58kg Semi-Final.
The nineteen-year-old then faced Israel’s Ron Atias, who recently earned himself a spot at this Summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
The match began with Atias staking his claim and landing the first all-important point, before going onto win 4-2 and secure himself a place in the -58kg Final where he lost to Portugal’s Rui Braganca.
On winning his first medal, Pearce said: “I definitely feel like I’ve improved, so overall today has gone well.”
“However, I still have many things to work on, today wasn’t the result that I actually wanted so forward and upwards from here.
“Like I said at the German Open – that was a stepping stone and this is another one until I get my gold!”
On facing Olympian Tuncat, he said: “My second match against Tuncat was an exciting fight, it really pushed me and he’s a great player so I’m definitely proud of that fight.”
Earlier Hassan Haider missed out to Azerbaijan’s Majid Sofiyev on golden point during his first round match 0-1.
Round 1: Beat Shalva Shubitidze (RUS) 4-3
Round 2: Beat Levent Tuncat (GER) 18-15
Quarter Final: Beat Eryk Rodzik (POL) 22-9
Semi-Final: Lost to Ron Atias (ISR) 2-4
Round 1: Lost to Majid Sofiyev (AZE) 0-1 Golden Point