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GB Taekwondo ended the 2018 European Championships as the 3rd most successful team by taking a massive seven medal haul. Including European titles for Jade Jones, Christian McNeish and Lauren Williams.
Bianca Walkden suffered her first defeat in 15 months to take silver whilst Peter Radford, Jordyn Smith and Bradley Sinden all took Bronze medals.
"I feel on top of the world. I did really well in my first two fights but the third one was a bit iffy. I was losing going into the last round and managed to pull it back" - Jade Jones
The first of seven came from new junior World Champion Jordyn Smith, her first senior medal. Smith progressed through to the semi final before losing out to Dina Pouryounes of Holland.
It was Jade Jones and Christian McNeish that next increased the medal tally. Double Olympic champion Jones defeated Turkey’s Hatice Kubra.Even via judges’ verdict on superiority.
She told GB Taekwondo: “A win is a win. When I won it was like a better feeling than ever before because it was so close”
21 year old McNeish remains unbeaten in 2018, taking Gold with a 28-21 success over home favourite, Sarmat Tcakoev.
“It was a long day but I can’t complain. I felt good in the final because there wasn’t any pressure on me. I told myself to go and enjoy it” said McNeish after claiming his title.
Bradley Sinden addded his Bronze after losing to Hakan Recber from Turkey in the Semi Final.
Kickboxing convert Lauren Williams managed to retain her European title. Taking on and defeating Turkey's Nur Tartar in the final, a double Olympic medallist no less.
Peter Longobardi-Radford won bronze before Bianca Walkden rounded off the medals by taking a silver. After progressing to the final, Walkden suffered a surprise 9-11 defeat to Poland’s Aleksandra Kowalczuk.
Recent martialarts-online interviewee Jade Slavin reached the quarter-finals before losing out to Iva Rados of Croatia.
Overall it was a record breaking success for GB Taekwondo who can all be extremely proud of a tremendous set of results.
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