Teenager Jordyn passes European test to claim GB Taekwondo’s first Championship medal
10th May 2018
GB Taekwondo starlet Jordyn Smith won her first senior European Championship medal in Kazan, Russia and then went off to prepare for a different kind of test.
The 17-year-old Scot, who recently captured a Junior World title in Tunisia, won three fights before narrowly missing out on a place in the final of the -49kg weight division.
“I am not going to celebrate yet because I have my English exam coming up,” revealed Smith. “So, I am going to celebrate by studying,
“I was a bit disappointed at first,” added the promising teenager from Carronshore.
“But after speaking to my dad and to my coach (Michael Harvey) I feel a lot better.
“To come away with a bronze medal is a good achievement.”
Smith opened up with a 13-7 win over Lucija Anramovi from Croatia before ousting second seed, Kyriaki Kouttouki of Cyprus, 14-12 on golden point.
Jordyn continued to leave her supporters on the edge of their seats by recording another sudden death finish to her quarter-final against Ozlem Guruz of Germany.
But her last four encounter against Dina Pouryounes of Holland proved a match too far and she went out 8-5.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” said Jordyn of her semi-final bout. She was a strong opponent and managed to stop me getting inside.
“I kept trying to get into the contest but the points kept going up. At the time I was disappointed but overall it was a good day.”
However, there was no podium places for three other GB Taekwondo athletes on the opening day of competition.
Jordyn’s fellow Scot, Hassan Haider, went down 35-15 against Azerbaijan’s Gashim Magomedov while Yorkshire based prospect, Mason Yarrow, lost 20-14 against Magomed Gagiev.
There was disappointment too for karate convert, Maddison Moore, narrowly beaten in the opening round of the -49kg event by Germany’s Ela Aydin 8-6.
The schedule is:
-63kg: Bradly Sinden (Doncaster)
-68kg: Christian McNeish (Plaistow)
-74kg: Peter Longobardi-Radford (Rye)
-80kg Damon Sansum (Elgin)
+87kg: Jack Spall (Attleborough)
-57kg: Jade Jones (Flint)
-62kg: Rachelle Booth (Wigan)
-67kg: Lauren Williams (Newport, Gwent)
-73kg: Jade Slavin (Consett)
+73kg Bianca Walkden (Liverpool)