China Grand Prix wrap-up

Seven British fighters took part in the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Suzhou, China last weekend with Bianca Walkden and Mahama Cho returning home with bronze medals.

European champion Walkden retired during the second round of her +67kg last-four bout with China’s Shuyin Zheng because of a leg injury. Cho, a World Grand Prix winner in Manchester, was beaten 9-8 by Korean Cha Dong-Min in their +80kg semi-final.

Olympic bronze medalist Lutalo Muhammad and 2014 European silver medalist, Damon Sansum, couldn’t add to Great Britain’s opening day successes, both suffering early exits. Muhammad lost in the quarter-finals to Olympic champion Sebastian Crismanich of Argentina, whilst Damon Sansum lost in the first round, going down 9-8 to US legend Steven Lopez.

Isle of Man’s Aaron Cook won gold in the same -80kg category, defeating Russian rival Albert Gaun in the dying seconds to record a 4-3 win.

Olympic champion Jade Jones went out at the quarter-final stage on an unsuccessful last day for Great Britain. There were also early exits for Britons Ruebyn Richards and Mike Harvey, who were beaten in the opening rounds of the men’s -68kg competition.

The next grand prix is in Kazakhstan at the end of August, followed by the third round in Manchester on 24-26 October. Tickets are available from just £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors (Under 16s) by clicking here.

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