Two Out Of Three Ain’t Brad! Sinden & Cho Bring Home Bronze Whilst Teammates Secure Golden Haul in Austria
10th June 2019
Bradly Sinden collected his first medal since becoming Britain’s inaugural male world champion with teammates collecting six more across two European continents.
But for the first time in 2019 Sinden tasted defeat, losing in the semi-finals of the Rome Grand Prix to South Korean rival, Lee Dae-Hoon.
The pair had met in the World Championship semi-finals in Manchester last month and last December’s World Grand Slam with Sinden winning both. But a 13-5 loss meant the Doncaster fighter had to take bronze at -68kg on this occasion.
Heavyweight Mahama Cho missed a world medal but returned to form with a bang in the Italian capital.
Cho defeated Cuba’s reigning world title holder, Rafael Alba, on his way to the last four of the +80kg division.
His bid for gold, however, ended in a 25-9 defeat by Ruslan Zhaparov of Azerbaijan.
Double Olympic medallist Lutalo Muhammad returned to action for the first time since the World Grand Slam in China last December.
The Walthamstow Warrior, forced to miss the world championships through injury, gave it his best shot but went down 15-9 against Turk Emre Kutalmis Atesli in the last 32 at +80kg.
Fellow Londoner and European gold medallist, Christian McNeish, lost to Greek Konstantinos Chamalidis in the -68kg preliminaries.
Fighting at -80kg, Damon Sansum lost 23-2 against Russia’s former world champion, Maksim Khramtcov, in the last 16.
Triple world champion, Bianca Walkden, also returned to the ring. She went down on golden point in the last 16 of the +67kg competition to Brazilian Gabriele Siqueira.
Fellow heavyweight Rebecca McGowan lost 8-4 to Poland’s reigning European champion, Aleksandra Kowalczuk.
Double European gold medallist Lauren Williams from Wales went down on golden point in the last 16 at -67kg against Russian Polina Khan.
Scotland’s Jordyn Smith was beaten 5-4 in the last 32 at -49kg against Dina Younes Langroudi of Holland.
There was a higher yield of British medallists at the Austrian Open where Jack Spall (+87kg), Mason Yarrow (-58kg) and Maddison Moore (-49kg) all won their respective weight divisions.
Jonathan Bangura (+87kg) and Brandon Jewell (-87kg) collected bronze medals.
Norfolk born Spall claimed gold with a 22-10 success against Croat Luka Mavracic having overcome Bangura 14-4 in the last four.
Teenager Yarrow, who reached the last 16 of the world championships, claimed gold with victory over Georgia’s Zurab Kintsurashvilli having reached the final with a golden point win against Canada’s Anas Sghir.
Jewell lost 8-2 in the semi-finals to Frenchman Mbar N’Diaye but couldn’t be denied his first international medal.
Moore led her final 13-0 against home favourite Jennifer Stingl when the Austrian had to retire through penalties.
And the results added up to Britain taking the tournament’s top team prize.
Hassan Haider (-58kg) and Emelye O’Brien (-57kg) both lost in the last 16 of their events.