GB Fighters Complete Record Breaking World Medal total
June 30, 2017
Jade Jones helped secure a record-breaking World Championship medal total for GB Taekwondo but it wasn’t the colour she wanted.
The double Olympic champion, Damon Sansum (-80kg) and Bradly Sinden (-63kg) finished the final day of competition in Muju with bronze medals.
With 2015 World medallist, Rachelle Booth, missing out in her event, Britain ended with five medals; one more than the previous best set six years ago.
Disappointed Jones was favourite to join friend and teammate, Bianca Walkden, on top of the podium.
Instead, she lost 14-8 in her -57kg semi-final against local favourite Ah-Reum Lee.
“It’s hard fighting against a Korean in Korea,” said Flint star Jones. “But it was my fault.
“I just wasn’t me today. I didn’t fight as well as I normally fight. I just didn’t pressure her enough.
“I just didn’t do enough, right now I am absolutely gutted. But I will learn lessons and it will only make me stronger.”
Sansum became the first British male fighter to medal at two World Championships but was disappointed not to equal or top his silver from Chelyabinsk from two years ago.
He fought impressively to reach the semi-finals only to lose 12-10 against Anton Kotkov on golden point.
“It’s been amazing to be here and to get two consecutive world medals which has not been done before,” said the bearded Scot.
“But I think I could have done better and won gold. That’s sport but I will take it on the chin and move on to the next one.
“But I have come back from two hip operations when I wasn’t able to walk for six weeks. So, to get a bronze medal at the World Championship is a big accomplishment.
“In a few days more I will appreciate a medal but I think I could have stepped up a level in that fight. So, it’s bitter sweet.”
Sansum took a European route to the last four beating Kazakhstan’s Nurlan Myrzabayev 21-8 in the quarter-finals, Piotr Pazinski of Poland 32-21 and Austrian Aleksandar Radojkovic 21-18.
There was mixed emotions too for Yorkshire teenager, Bradly Sinden, beaten 43-29 by China’s Shuai Zhao in his semi-final.
“I think I can do better,” said Sinden who grew up watching the exploits of fellow Doncaster star and triple world champion, Sarah Stevenson.
“And I have a few things to work on. But these are my first World Championships and I have only been in the Academy 11 months so I can be pleased with my performances.”
Wiganer Booth opened with an encouraging 17-11 victory against Meiling Zhou of China before eventually losing 15-6 against Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi.
*London’s Copper Box Arena is hosting the World Taekwondo Grand Prix from October 20-22. Tickets are now on sale via http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/taekwondo