Moore the merrier after back-to-back gold medals
16th June 2019
Maddison Moore has discovered the winning habit and doesn’t want it to end.
For a second successive weekend, the 24-year-old former karate champion finished with a gold medal.
Moore from Blakedown near Kidderminster followed up victory at the Austrian Open by taking the -49kg title at the Luxembourg Open.
And it proved to be an all British fight as junior world champion, Jordyn Smith, also reached the final, before finishing on the wrong end of a 16-11 scoreline.
Moore wasn’t alone on top of the podium as Lauren Williams returned to form with victory at -73kg while Rebecca McGowan also took gold at +73kg.
“It feels slightly unreal,” said Moore of her latest success. “But it’s just made me want to push myself even more.
“It was great to win that first international gold last weekend and it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
“I was more confident with my game plan and I tried to follow Lauren’s advice of enjoying myself when I fight. And that took some of the nerves away.
“I’m so proud of all the girls. It was great to win alongside my teammates. They all deserve to do well because we all train very hard.”
After missing medals at the World Championships and Rome Grand Prix, Welsh star Williams achieved a confidence boost by taking her latest gold medal.
After some impressive earlier successes, she was due to fight Carlota Zanoni Piaget for the title only for her Spanish opponent to withdraw.
There was Spanish opposition for McGowan in the heavyweight final but the Scot effortlessly beat Tania Castiñeira Etcheverria 20-4.
GB Taekwondo’s fifth representative, Emelye O’Brien reached the last 16 but lost 11-5 against Greece’s Fani Tzeli.