The tournament was held in St. Petersburg, Russia with teams from across the world competing, many of which recognize the martial art as a national sport. Fighting in the 48kg category, Ruqsana beat Ranini Cundasawmy from Mauritius and was awarded bronze in a close fight against the European Champion Chyslova Liudmila from Belarus, who proceeded to win silver.
Begum, who is of Muslim-Bengali background, took up the sport when she was 18 against the expectations of her family and religion. However having retained the British title since November 2011 and previously won gold at the European Club Championships, she has gained the support of her family and her fan base is steadily growing.
Ruqsana said ‘I was extremely proud to represent Great Britain and to have led the British team into the opening ceremony. As a non-professional competitor, I am delighted to have won a medal and hope that my success continues in the future.’
There was an emotional and exciting farewell for ZVVZ USK Praguein EuroLeague Women this week as they played their last ever game at the Folimanka Sport Hall.
Top Chinese Taipei amateur Cheng Ssu-Chia, 17, won the inaugural Xiamen Open on her Ladies European Tour debut when she fired a final round 68 in hot and sunny conditions at Orient (Xiamen) Golf and Country Club in China.
Elena Radionova (RUS) skates to gold, Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) win Pairs gold and Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) dance to victory
With Chinese, Russian, Czech and Italian victories, there was nothing to be seen of last season’s Dutch dominance on the final day of the second leg of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating series in Seoul.
England Women are still waiting for their first victory over Germany after the eight-time European champions ran out 3-0 winners at Wembley Stadium.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is set to be 'an experience of a lifetime' according to American Women's 470 sailor Briana Provancha.
The ANZ Championship will take on a new look in 2015 after the TTNL Board approved the introduction of Australian and New Zealand Conferences, a restructured six-team finals series and an innovative Challenge Trophy competition, which will run concurrently with the regular season.