BACK 20th February 2011
BRONZE AGE BRITAIN
World number one Aaron Cook was among three British stars to collect bronze medals on the penultimate day of competition at the WTF US Open in Austin, Texas.
And there are three more chances of turning bronze into higher grade metal on the final day when Tony Grisman, Michael Harvey and Martin Stamper compete in the -68kg class.
Cook defeated team mate and recent Trelleborg Open bronze medallist, Andrew Deer, on the way to the - 80kg semi-finals.
And the 20-year-old defending champion from Dorset came close to making the final, losing out to Azerbaijan's Ramin Azizov 5-4 in the closing stages.
Veteran Azizov also beat the Brit in last year's final of the French Open in Paris.
Damon Sansum shrugged off a niggling foot injury to add to his growing WTF medal collection.
The former world kick boxing champion, who came into the sport through the 'Fighting Chance' programme, reached the last four.
But there was no belated birthday gold for Sansum, 24 last Friday, as he went down 8-5 against Mohammed Elkharzazi of Morocco.
Welsh teenager Jade Jones survived a shock in the opening round to also claim bronze.
The 17-year-old Youth Olympic gold medallist from Flint needed a sudden death, kick to the head to beat Senegal's Bineta Diedhiou in her opening fight. However, eventual gold medallist, American Nicole Palma, eventually proved too strong in the semis.
Seven British players participated on the penultimate day with Ruebyn Richards (-74kg) and Mahama Cho (+87) losing in the first round.
WTF US Open, Austin, Texas
Drew Thompson (USA) bt Ruebyn Richards (GB) 10-5
Andrew Deer (GB) bt Mauricio Newman (USA) 8-5
Aaron Cook (GB) bt Andrew Deer (GB) 14-4
Ramin Azizov (Azerbaijan) bt Aaron Cook (GB) 5-4
Damon Samsun (GB) bt Nathan Tadd (USA) 13-8
Mohammed Elkharzazi (Morocco) bt Damon Samsun (GB) 8-5
Vedran Golec (Croatia) bt Mahama Cho (GB) 6-3
Jade Jones (GB) bt Bineta Diedhiou (Senegal).
Nicole Palma (USA) bt Jade Jones 8-5.