Great Britain returned today from a successful European Taekwondo Championships in Rome where they won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the 4-day event, which took place at the Piazzale dello Sport in the Italian capital. Britain, who only took 8 athletes to the event due to the unsanctioned introduction of electronic point scoring equipment, have never before obtained 4 medals at the senior European Championships. This haul complements the excellent achievement of the junior team who were last year ranked second overall at the Junior European Championships.
Britain started well last Thursday with Caroline Fisher (Scorpion Taekwondo Club, Doncaster) winning a silver medal in the -51Kg weight category, Louise Mair (Focus Taekwondo Club, Scotland) and Tyrone Robinson (Puma Taekwondo Club, Mansfield) winning bronze medals, losing out to Azerbaijan and Turkey in their respective finals.
Britain’s success continued on day 2 with Martin Stamper (Elite Taekwondo Club, Liverpool) winning a silver in the -62Kg category, losing out to German Levent Tuncat in the final. Stamper is one of ten athletes sponsored by B&Q who supports aspiring Olympians and Paralympians as part of its partnership programme with the British Olympic Association. Jo Kenrick, Marketing and Customer Proposition Director for B&Q commented, “Martin benefits from an employment package where he is paid full-time but only works part-time hours to enable flexibility to work around his training and competition schedules. His recent success shows that the scheme is really benefiting him which is fantastic, and I know everyone at B&Q is very proud of his achievement.”
Gary Hall, Performance Director for British Taekwondo, was happy with his team’s overall efforts and said, “Winning 4 medals from only 8 competitors is a great achievement and in addition to this we had a further 3 athletes who reached the Quarter Final stages. In light of the introduction of a new electronic body protector, which has yet to receive the World Federation’s approval, we were a little apprehensive about how well they would work. Despite their last minute introduction the team responded very well to the change in tactics required and had the scoring system remained what were used to I think we could have come away with more than 4 medals. ”
Louise Mair -47Kgs Focus Taekwondo Club, Elgin, Scotland
Caroline Fisher -51Kgs Scorpion Taekwondo Club, Doncaster
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