Double Dutch makes perfect sense to GB Taekwondo stars
Jade Slavin and Peter Longobardi-Radford ensured a double Dutch gold medal success for GB Taekwondo in Eindhoven tonight. (Saturday)
To complete a successful opening day at the Dutch Open in Eindhoven for the Manchester trained squad, Lauren Williams added a silver medal to her growing collection.
Slavin defeated Kazakhstan’s Cansel Deniz 16-7 in the final of the -73kg final while Longobardi-Radford continued his outstanding form by defeating Javier Perez Polo of Spain 22-5 in the -68kg final.
Consett raised Slavin was delighted with victory after finishing as runner-up at last month’s German Open. “I tried a lot of new things I wouldn’t normally do and it paid off,” said the new -73kg champion.
“I have never had the confidence to throw it in the fight,” said Slavin of a destructive reverse head kick. “But my coach, Paul Green, was urging me to try and it paid off.”
Slavin now turns her attention to the President’s Cup in Athens with this year’s World Championships her main focus.
“I get to train with the best (world champion Bianca Walkden) so, it can only help me,” she confirmed.
Longobardi-Radford has hardly put a foot wrong since joining the GB Academy last year. He finished 2016 by capturing the French Open in Paris, opened 2017 with victory at the German Open in Hamburg and tonight defeated Taghizade, the 2015 European Games gold medallist.
En route to the final he also won his Battle of Britain show down against Bradly Sinden 10-0.
Welsh wonder Williams suffered a rare final defeat after coming up against Azerbaijan’s Farida Azizova, 21, in the -67kg final. The World Junior champion defeated Poland’s Anika Godel-Chelmecka 29-26 in the semi-final but lost a high scoring final to an opponent who fought at last year’s Rio 2016 Olympics.
Max Cater reached the quarter-finals of the -58kg tournament before losing 19-10 against Moldova’s Stefan Dimitrov. Londoner Christian McNeish missed out in the last 16 of the -68kg competition going down 28-18 to Spain’s Manuel Parada Martinez.
-63kg: Josh Calland (Liverpool)
-74kg: Ben Haines (Portsmouth)
-53kg: Rachelle Booth (Wigan)
+73kg: Bianca Walkden (Liverpool)