Peter the Great? Longobardi-Radford ready for French Test
Peter Longobardi-Radford reckons he’s already on the right road to Tokyo 2020 because of his move to the GB Academy medal factory in Manchester.
And the former European Junior champion has already added his own piece of precious metal into the vaults.
A gold medallist on his GB debut at last month’s Galeb Trophy in Serbia, Longobardi-Radford , 21, now wants another title this weekend at the French Open in Paris.
“I am always confident I can win a medal,” says the son of British mum and Spanish dad. “I took silver in 2014 so I would like to go one better this time.
“My goal is to fight at the Olympics and joining the Academy can help me qualify. Everything is more professional and the training facilities are perfect.
“I do miss the weather in Majorca but I have settled in Manchester very well. I share a house with some of the other guys from the Academy and they are all good people.”
Longobardi-Radford, part of a five-strong squad travelling to France and competing at -68kg, took up taekwondo at the age of six, inspired by watching his elder brother.
In 2012, he claimed bronze at the Youth World Championships in Egypt, bronze again at the 2013 Junior Euros before adding gold 12 months later.
In 2015, Longobardi-Radford won a succession of Open titles including victories in Moldova, Austria and Australia, also beating London 2012 Olympian Martin Stamper in the Spanish Open.
Joining him in Paris will be recent Galeb Trophy victor, Jade Slavin whose title was her third of the year, 2015 World University Games bronze medallist, Christian McNeish, 2015 Youth European Championships, Bradly Sinden and Max Cater – a three-time Open tournament bronze medallist in 2015.
Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to the terror attacks in the French capital.
Schedule (all events, Saturday, November 26)
-58kg: Max Cater (Southampton)
-68kg: Peter Longobardi- Radford (Rye), Bradly Sinden (Doncaster)
-74kg: Christian McNeish (Plaistow)
-73kg: Jade Slavin (Consett)