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Harvey Wins Battle Of Britain On Way To Austrian Open Medal

Michael Harvey enjoyed a welcome return to form as one of two British medal winners at the Austrian Open in Innsbruck.

The Beijing Olympian, 2011 world silver medallist and 2012 European champion defeated team mate, Martin Stamper, en route to his bronze medal in the -68kg division.

Liverpool teenager, Josh Calland, bounced back from his recent early exit at the WTF World Championships in Russia to also claim bronze at -58kg.

Mancunian Harvey and Liverpudlian Stamper were involved in a three round, quarter-final stalemate before Harvey secured his progress on golden point.

However, his bid for the final ended in defeat to eventual champion, Eduardo Longobardi of Spain.

Rising star Calland, 16, won four contests to reach the semi-finals before missing out on a gold medal match.

Twice former European Junior champion, Salaheddine Bensaleh of Belgium, ended the Merseyside prospect’s interest in the tournament before going on to beat Russian Konstantin Minin in the final.

For the rest of the GB Academy squad they endured a series of frustrating near misses.

Mahama Cho, in his last outing before the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan, and fellow heavyweight, Lyle Walker, suffered quarter-final exits. Scotsman Walker went down 6-4 against 2014 European Championship silver medallist, Vedran Golec. The 25-year-old Croatian also claimed the Austrian crown with victory against Germany’s Razak Alfaga.

Georgia Barnes, Britain’s only female competitor, also suffered a last eight exit against Serbian Dragana Gladovic.

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