Bianca takes silver to lead trio of GB medals in Taoyuan

Bianca Walkden led the way in GB Taekwondo’s medal haul at the World Taekwondo World Grand Prix in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei last week. She took silver, adding to Bronze finishes for Mahama Cho and Damon Samson.

World number one Bianca from Liverpool defeated Saebom An from South Korea and Turkey’s Nafia Kus, to reach the final of the +67kg section, where she lost 22-6 against Da-Bin Lee.

Bianca is already looking forward to going one better at the next event in Manchester.

“I am disappointed with silver because the only colour I want is gold,” she said. “Every time I don’t get gold I feel it is a disappointment.

I am happy I reached the final but to me silver is underachieving. The girl was better than me on the day.

I can’t wait to be on home soil fighting in front of family and friends and to turn that silver into gold.”

It was Mahama Cho that got the ball rolling with his Bronze on the first day of competition. He also took a quarter-final victory over Germany’s current -87kg world champion, Alexander Bachmann. His impressive run was ended though by Vladislav Larin at the semi final stage.

He told GB Taekwondo, “It’s great to fight the best fighters in the world and still be able to perform. I just need a bit more match fitness to say I am ready to contend again.”

Damon Sansum rounded off another positive tournament for GB Taekwondo fighters with a final day bronze. The double World Championship medallist defeated Aaron Cook on his way to the semi-finals of the -80kg division.

Despite his best endeavours, the 31-year-old Scot lost 21-10 against in-form Russian Maksim Khramtsov.

“He’s probably the best 80 in the world at the moment,” said Damon.

“But it was competitive, and I put myself against the top of the world and hung in there. It is only going to get better and better.”

There was disappointment though for some of the countries top talents. Jade Jones, Lauren Williams, Christian Mcneish and Bradley Sinden all went close to the medal positions, before losing out at the quarter final stage.

Other results -

Jade Jones - QF

Rachelle Booth - R16

Lauren Williams - QF

Christian McNeish - QF

Bradly Sinden - QF

Lutalo Muhammad - Withdrew

Jordyn Smith - R16

Image Source - GB Taekwondo