Jade Jones and Lauren Williams led the way for GB Taekwondo at the World Grand Prix in Manchester. Each defeating all before them to claim Gold medals among an impressive GB tally of five.
Double Olympic Gold Medalist Jade Jones and former Kickboxing Champion Lauren Williams both took the top step, whilst Bianca Walkden and Damon Sansum each lost out in their respective finals to take Silver. Bradley Sinden claimed the record equaling fifth medal, winning Bronze.
The opening day of competition seen the latest success for Tokyo 2020 hopeful Lauren Williams. She made her way to the final to defeat Croatia’s Matea Jelic in the -67kg division .The 19-year-old utilised her Kickboxing background to win 15-9, collecting half of her points with punches.
Bradley Sinden defeated team mate Josh Calland in the quarter final before losing 19-13 against Iran’s Mirhashem Hosseini at the following stage.
Bianca Walkden's wait for a Grand Prix title this series goes on. After making light work of her opponents en route to the +67kg final, Walkden suffered an incredibly tight 6-4 defeat to China’s Shuyin Zheng.
Damon Sansum achieved his best ever Grand Prix result in the -80kg weight division but Raul Martinez Garcia claimed his first GP crown with a 22-7 victory.
Golden girl Jade Jones lived up to the name by breezing her way through to the final and making no mistake to take the title.
Jones managed to win a rematch of last month’s Chinese Taipei Grand Prix clash against Inese Tarvida before taking on and defeating Chinese teenager, Lijun Zhou in the final.
She told GB Taekwondo, “It is hard because everyone expects you to win all the time. But when I come out and everyone is screaming for me, it’s impossible not to go for it. Now, I am full of smiles.
“This event is always special to me because it’s in the city where I train and all my family friends get to see me. It is an amazing feeling.
“It is a long journey to Tokyo 2020 and this is the start for me. I am aiming to be the very best me in Toyko so there will be a few bumps on the way."
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