Disqualification disappointment in Paris

There was further success for GB Taekwondo at the Paris Open where Mahama Cho, Jordyn Smith and Rebecca McGowan sealed podium places, taking 2 silvers and a bronze between them.

Those silver medals of Cho and Smith were tinged with slight disappointment though, both athletes surrendering commanding leads in the final to lose by disqualification.

Mahama Cho built up a seven-point advantage in his +87kg final clash with South Korea’s Minseo Kim.

The contest was however stopped after Cho collected excess penalty points.

“I am not one to use excuses,” Cho told GB Taekwondo. “So, I take full responsibility for the outcome.

“I respect and fully accept the referee’s decision. Congratulations to all the medallists and thanks to everyone in Paris who came out to support me.”

Junior World Champion Smith also missed out on gold because of a disqualification.

“I am so gutted the final didn’t go my way,” she said after losing to South Korea’s Ye-Ji Lee in the final.

“Overall though I am happy with my performances throughout the day.

“That’s the last competition of the year for me but I am looking forward to seeing what 2019 holds.

Smith had also beaten home favourite Hajer Mustapha 19-12 in the semi-finals.

Dumbarton athlete Rebecca McGowan continued her fine form by claiming a bronze medal in the +73kg division. She lost out 13-2 to Marie Paule Ble of France, although she did manage to inflict defeat on Germany’s top seed, Yanna Schneider in the last eight.

Josh Calland and Maddison Moore each progressed to the quarter final stage.