Two for joy as GB Taekwondo fighters medal in Bulgaria
8th March 2022
Caden Cunningham and Mohammed Nour earned GB Taekwondo two medals at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria.
Cunningham from Huddersfield added to his growing collection, including a podium finish at the recent President’s Cup, with silver in the -87kg division.
Nour, competing at -58kg, took bronze in the -58kg weight category but was left wondering what might have been.
“I felt sharp from the get-go,” said the London born prospect whose run to the semi-finals included victory over Ireland’s Tokyo Olympian, Jack Woolley.
“It is good to see I am applying my training into real matches.
“However, mistakes did cost me a lot of points which will be rectified. I will work harder on those mistakes to push through to the top.”
Nour, 20, was a talented track athlete before committing to taekwondo. He represented the borough of Wandsworth at the London Youth Games and broke his school’s long-standing 1500 metres record.
His bid for gold in Bulgaria ended in a 27-8, last four defeat to 22-year-old Omar Lakehal of Morocco.
Cunningham won his first senior medal less than 12 months ago and is now finding a good level of consistency.
The West Yorkshire fighter also had his attempt for a title finished by a Moroccan rival.
After taking out three opponents on his way to the final, Cunningham lost 5-3 against Soufiane Elasbi, a bronze medallist at last year’s African Championships.
Both Nour and Cunningham will hope to be selected for the European Championships taking place in Manchester from May 19-22.