McNeish Gains Grand Prix Bronze
6th August 2017
London-born fighter, Christian McNeish has achieved his first bronze medal at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
The ex-kickboxer fought off some tough opponents to reach the -68kg Semi-Final, such as 2015 World Champion Jaouad Achab of Belgium. His eventual medal was won against Rio 2016 silver medallist and home favourite, Alexey Denisenko 15-17.
Upon receiving his medal he said: “I’m happy that I’ve achieved something new, but there are still higher and better things to aim for. I would have liked to have reached the Final and won it – but it wasn’t meant to be. I will hopefully do better at the next World Taekwondo Grand Prix!”
Elsewhere, Rachelle Booth reached the last 16 of the -57kg division before going down to Olympian Raheleh Asemani (Belgium) on golden point whilst, -68kg athlete Peter Longobardi-Radford made a 1st round exit.
Christian McNeish -68kg BRONZE
Round 1: Beat Abolfazl Yaghoubijouybari IRI 16-11
Round 2: Beat Lucas Guzman ARG 11-9
QF: Beat Jaouad Achab BEL 8-0 (withdrew after 1st round)
SF: Lost to Alexey Denisenko RUS 17-15
Round 1: Lost to Mahammad Mammadov AZE 5-7
Rachelle Booth -57kg
Round 1: Beat Marija Stetic CRO 42-30
Round 2: Lost to Raheleh Asemani BEL on Golden Point