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Jacob’s On Ladder To Career Success After Debut Tournament Victory

Dereece Williams, Jacob Barnett and Hassan Haider with their medals.

Yorkshire prospect Jacob Barnett marked his first appearance since becoming a member of the GB Academy with victory at the Austrian Open in Innsbruck.

The 20-year-old was one of three GB medal winners though there was no podium placing for Luke Jones, younger brother of double Olympic champion, Jade Jones.

Barnett, a student at Leeds Beckett University, defeated Romania’s Andrei Rotaru to win the -68kg weight division on golden point.

In total, he won four fights and his performances were a boost ahead of his participation at the World University Games in August as part of Great Britain’s three-strong team.

Barnett joined the GB set-up in Manchester earlier this year as part of the latest crop of graduates from the Fighting Chance talent ID initiative.

His fellow medallists, Haider Hassan and Dereece Williams, also came through the Fighting Chance programme.

Hassan from Falkirk collected bronze at -58kg while former kick boxer Williams from Wolverhampton won bronze after losing to compatriot Barnett in the semi-finals.

Welsh prospect Jones enjoyed an encouraging start to his new career defeating Switzerland’s Anusanth Sangaran 21-5 in the -58kg weight division.

The 18-year-old from Flint then came up against Holland’s Giorgio Janmaat, six years his senior and with World and European Championship action on his CV.

Jones battled hard before losing 23-22. Janmaat went on to reach the final, knocking out Scot Hassan in the last four.

A fourth GB medal came from North East teenager, Simone Abley, who won gold in the -68kg junior event.


High performance coach, Davoud Etminani with Simone Abley.


Saturday, June 3rd

 -68kg: Simone Abley (Spennymoor)

QF: Beat Darija Husovic GER 6-3

SF: Beat Natalija Calic SRB 3-2

Final: Beat Cigdem Danisman GER 7-0 GOLD


Sunday, June 4:


 -58kg: Alex Goulding (Normanton)

1st round: Beat Kaloyan Binev BUL 22-12

QF: Lost to Antonio Flecca ITA 17-20


Hassan Haider (Falkirk)

1st round: Ulysse Trolliet DZA 17-16

2nd round: Beat Sebastian Pazmandy AUT 24-4

QF: Beat Saverio Brutto ITA 3-0 golden point

SF: Lost to Giorgio Janmaat NLD 13-25 Bronze


Luke Jones (Flint)

1st round: Beat Anusanth Sangaran SUI 21-5

2nd round: Lost to Giorgio Janmaat NLD 22-23


Joshua Levers (Rotherham)

1st round: Beat Nasser El Boujjoufi NLD 14-12

2nd round: Lost to Hedi Neffati TUN 4-10


 -68kg: Jacob Barnett (Leeds),

1st round: Beat Hsien-Wei Lin TWN 20-16

QF: Beat Sandro Peer AUT 7-3

SF: Beat Dereece Williams GBR 15-8

Final: Beat Andrei Rotaru ROU 3-0 golden point GOLD


Josh Calland (Liverpool)

1st round: Beat Mattis Cadiergues FRA 15-14

2nd round: Lost to Gianmarco Moschin ITA 11-12


Dereece Williams (Wolverhampton)

1st round: Beat Mauro Fontenlos SUI 24-4

2nd round: Beat Petr Stefl CZE 19-18

QF: Beat Andrea Maddaluni ITA 29-14

SF: Lost to Jacob Barnett GBR 8-15 Bronze


+87kg: Jack Spall (Attleborough)

QF: Lost to Vedran Golec HRV 6-13


 -49kg: Pooja Vadhva (Manchester)

1st round: Lost to Dominika Hronova CZE 6-5


-53kg: Courtney Eardley (Wakefield)

1st round: Beat Gabriela Bohusova SVK 16-5

2nd round: Beat Carolin Stahl GER 15-2

QF: Lost to Ela Aydin GER 9-16


Leah Moorby (Keighley)

1st round: Beat Sara Novovic SUI 23-1

2nd round: Lost to Kristina Beros HRV 5-10


Isobella McNeish (Plaistow)

1st round: Beat Eva Schwentner AUT 16-15

2nd round: Lost to Jelena Jureta HRV 8-14


Emelye O’Brien (Bradford)

1st round: Beat Maeva Pomar FRA 10-6

2nd round: Lost to Clara Mallien 17-27


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