MAHAMA IS MAIN MAN AT PRESIDENT’S CUP AS GB QUALIFY FOUR ATHLETES FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mahama Cho rounded off a profitable President’s Cup meeting for Great Britain stars with a second gold medal of the competition in Bonn.
Heavyweight Cho’s success in the +87kg division followed podium finishes for world champion, Bianca Walkden (+73kg), Rachelle Booth (silver -62kg) and Charlie Maddock (bronze, -53kg)
In doing so the quartet also gained automatic qualification for next month’s European Championships in Switzerland.
Cho trailed late in his final show down with Armenia’s Arman-Marshall Silla but rallied to win 5-2. In doing so, he freed up another Euro qualifying place for a GB team mate, potentially Lyle Walker.
It was a battling display by the ‘Stockwell Slayer’ whose participation in Germany had been in doubt last week because of a virus.
“I was sick before coming here,” he confirmed. “But I still wanted to come out here and try to the best I could.” Cho also was keen to deliver victory in support of improving Scot, Walker.
“Lyle had to pull out of his second fight because he got injured. So, throughout the day I was thinking about him.
“I really want him to come to the Euros with me because he is showing so much progress. He was looking really good so that win is my gift to him.”
Cho, hoping to become Britain’s first ever Olympic male heavyweight in Rio this summer, was always optimistic he could pull his final bout round against Silla.
“I am always calm in those tough situations,” he explained. “I always try to find a solution to get round it and try not to panic.
“So, it’s nice to see what you are doing in training works in competition.”
Lancastrian Booth was “gutted” after losing a contentious golden point decision against Turkey’s Irem Yaman in her final.
“I am pleased to get to the final because that’s two competitions in a row I’ve made the final. So, I am showing progress,” added Wigan’s World Championship bronze medallist. “But I am not happy with the result
“I went in the final to win that was my main aim. I made a couple of mistakes and I was unfortunate to get a kyong-go (penalty) against me in sudden death. But you live and learn.
“I had some good fights along the way. And while I was gutted with the end result I enjoyed the day.”
Maddock, Team GB’s first ever female European Games gold medallist, marked her first competition of 2016 with a battling bronze. Turkey’s Zeliha Agris scored a 9-5 win to deny the Potteries star a shot at gold.
Round, One: Bye
Round two: bt Ivan Trajkovic (SLO) 4-3, golden point
Quarter final :bt Rafail Aiukaev (RUS) 4-2
Semi final: walkover
Final: bt Arman-Marshall Silla (ARM) 5-2
Round One: bt Daniel Habecker (GER) 10-4, withdrew through injury
Round One: btt Kristina Prokudinav (RUS) 5-3
Round Two: bt Ingibjor Grettarsdottir (ISL) 6-1
Quarter final: bt Ivana Babic (CRO) 3-2
Semi final: bt Daniela Rottolo (ITA) by superiority 3-3
Final: lost 1-0 on golden point to Irem Yaman (TUR)