Manchester Grand Prix Final: Day 1 wrap-up
GB Taekwondo are heading home from the Paralympic day of the Manchester Grand Prix Final with three Paralympic qualification spots and a gold and silver medal.
Beth Munro, world number one in the -65kg category eased her way through to the final where she defeated Elena Savinskaya 12 – 2 with the support of the home crowd and her family roaring beside her.
Amy Truesdale is taking home the silver medal and her Paralympic qualification after narrowly missing out on gold in a nail-biting fight with Gulijonoy Naimova. The tense fight went down to the final seconds with Naimova eventually taking the win with a score of 11 – 10.
Joseph Lane will unfortunately have to wait a little longer to gain his qualification spot for the Paralympics next year after losing out on the bronze medal to Asadbek Toshtemirov in the -88kg weight category.
Matt Bush qualified a spot for Team GB in Paris 2024 by winning his opening fight against Pedro Paulo Neves Da Silva. Matt unfortunately pulled out of the remaining fights due to injury.
Our final athlete competing today was Keira Forsyth who fought hard but was unfortunately knocked out in the quarter-finals.
“It feels amazing to be qualified, especially doing it on home soil. Today I had one fight that I had to win to qualify so I knew I had to come in and get that done which felt like a lot of pressure but I am really happy to get the job done and it’s amazing to do that in Manchester.”
“It feels amazing to secure the win today, it’s the last big competition of the year and it’s on home soil. My family have come down to support and it feels like a third person in the ring with me, cheering me on and motivating me. The win is 100 points towards qualification in Paris which I am now excited to say means I have qualified a spot for GB and it’s going to be a very exciting 2024 next year.”