Turkey Treats And Plenty Of Trimmings For GB Trio
London Olympian Martin Stamper licked the opposition in Antalya to finish the Turkish Open as one of three Great Britain gold medal winners.
Liverpudlian Stamper defeated Belgian youngster, Nicholas Corten, in the -68kg final to collect his first major title in 18 months.
Commonwealth champion Andy Deer (-74kg) from Tamworth and Mancunian Jordan Gayle (-63kg) also stood on top of the podium to complete their competitive years on the highest possible note.
Delighted Deer defeated Damir Fejzic, Serbia’s -68kg representative at London 2012, 6-2 in the final to add to his recent Commonwealth triumph in Edinburgh. Gayle, boyfriend of Olympic champion, Jade Jones, won his -63kg title on golden point from Tunisia’s Briki Ouahid.
Dad of one Stamper, 28, has endured lean pickings by his own high standards since his 2013 Spanish Open success. But the 2011 World Championship bronze medallist looked close to his best en route to his Turkish triumph.
“I am so happy with gold,” he said. “I’m absolutely buzzing to be back on top of the podium.
“It was a tough field but I felt really good in each fight. But I need to keep these performances going next year to put my stamp back on -68kg.”
Deer, a 2014 European Championship bronze medallist, enthused:”Back to back gold medals for me. Really pleased with my performances.”
Damon Sansum’s bid to add to his Commonwealth and French Open crowns, ended in the quarter-finals of the -80kg category, beaten narrowly by Brazilian Andre Bilia.
Heavyweight Levi Goodridge, one of the newest members of the GB Taekwondo Academy based in Manchester, also reached the last eight of the -87kg division but lost to Holland’s eventual champion and 2011 British Open winner, Jeroen Wanrooij.
*Olympic champion Jade Jones, London 2012 bronze medallist, Lutalo Muhammad, and 2014 European bronze medallist, Mahama Cho, are in Mexico preparing reparation for the World Grand Prix series final on December 3-4. The tournament features 64 athletes drawn from 27 countries.