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Cho meets his Paris match and takes disqualification on chin

18th November 2018

Mahama Cho added to his Paris Open medal tally but missed out on gold despite leading his heavyweight final with South Korea’s Minseo Kim.

Scotland’s junior world champion, Jordyn Smith, also finished runner-up, suffering a similar fate to her experienced teammate in the -46kg weight division.

A third medal for the Manchester trained squad was won by Smith’s compatriot, Rebecca McGowan.

World Championship silver medallist Cho built up a useful seven-point advantage in the third and final round of their +87kg clash.

However, the contest was stopped in favour of his Asian rival after Cho collected excess penalty points.

“I am not one to use excuses,” said sporting Cho. “So, I take full responsibility for the outcome.

“I respect and fully accept the referee’s decision. Congratulations to all the medallists and thanks to everyone in Paris who came out to support me.”

A champion in the French capital three years ago, the Rio 2016 Olympian knocked out home favourite Tuarai Hery in the semi-finals after a brace of ‘best of Britain’ wins in the earlier rounds.

Cho defeated Norfolk’s Jack Spall 16-8 in the quarter-finals after a 22-1 victory over fellow Londoner Jonathan Bangura.

Smith also missed out on top spot due to a disqualification. “I am so gutted the final didn’t go my way,” she said after a 42-17 lead over South Korea’s Ye-Ji Lee came to nothing.

“Overall though I am happy with my performances throughout the day.

“That’s the last competition of the year for me but I am looking forward to seeing what 2019 holds.

“Thanks to all my teammates for their support,” added the promising teenager who beat home favourite Hajer Mustapha 19-12 in the semi-finals.

McGowan from Dumbarton continued her impressive recent form with a bronze medal at +73kg.

Eventually beaten 13-2 against Marie Paule Ble of France, McGowan had the satisfaction of defeating Germany’s top seed, Yanna Schneider, 23-3 in the last eight.

Liverpool’s Josh Calland reached the quarter-finals at -68kg only losing 24-22 against Croatian Marko Golubic having achieved a famous win in the previous round, beating top seed Thomas Afenczenko of Australia 30-23.

Chasetown’s Maddison Moore lost 23-7 in the quarter-finals of the -49kg event to Spain’s Tania Garcia Romero.

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