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Multiple GB Kickboxing Golds at the Irish Open

March 7, 2019

Natasha Baldwin, Elijah Everill, and Fin Heesom led a strong contingent of British medals at the illustrious Kickboxing / Sport Karate tournament, The Irish Open.

 

Held over three days at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, the Irish Open is the largest tournament of it's kind in the world, with around 4000 competitors from countless different countries.

 

The tournament includes sections for Points Fighting, Light Contact and Full Contact Kickboxing.

 

Elijah Everill managed to continue his winning streak by beating German Stefan Reinboth in the -79kg division to take Gold, along with sharing the final with Allstars teammate and Grand Championship runner up Jack Felton at -74kg. He also got onto the Grand Championship podium himself with a third place.

 

Chris Aston added the other GB point fighting Gold, he defeated Hungarian Kiraly Teammate Reno Rehonczi in the final of the +94kg heavyweight section.

 

The tall GB fighter earlier claimed silver at -94kg weight, he lost out to eventual Irish Open Grand Champion and serial winner Roman Brundl.

 

Mathieu Willaims from Absolute Martial Arts added Bronze at -84kg.

 

Team Blue Blood's Fin Heesom took charge in the Men's Light Contact, twice winning through over Italian Timothy Bos in the final of both -63kg and -69kg to claim an impressive double title.

 

At -84kg, Alex Barrowman Jr became a three time Irish Open champion. He took a unanimous decision over Michael Lampert from Liechtenstein.

 

Heavyweight Reece Phillips was beaten to Gold by Danny Stuhr from Denmark, claiming silver in +94kg, where Harry Bethray was a Bronze medal winner.

 

Shane O'Rourke and Marcin Mazur each won Bronze in -89kg and -94kg respectively. The former losing out to eventual winner, Mexican Iker Marin.

 

The GB ladies made a huge impact in Light Contact divisions. Particularly Scottish fighter Natasha Baldwin who won Gold at both -60kg and -65kg.

 

Molly Cooper added the Irish Open title to her collection beating Lily De La Cour from Ireland in -55kg.

 

At +70kg Ellie Jackman was edged out by Italian Diletta Faiola to take silver.

 

There was a Full Contact Gold for GB, Tennessee Randall in the Ladies -56KG division. Scott Brewer was -71kg silver medalist, with Thomas Sezler taking bronze at -81kg.

 

A mightily impressive haul of medals from British talent at a notoriously difficult competition.

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