The Great Britain National Team have finished in first position following two exciting days of taekwondo action at Manchester Sportcity’s National Squash Centre. The British Open, which featured a diverse international attendance, ran between the 1st and 2nd of November.
In the female competition an all British final paved the way for Scotland’s Louise Mair to take victory in her -47kg category. The Great Britain Team member fought off competition from German National Team member Sarina Kleidz in her semi-final before beating Jemma Johnson in a tightly contested final. Farren Cummins (Great Britain National Team) also put in a good performance in the -63kg final but ultimately was unable to defeat Norwegian opponent Mona Solheim.
Olympian Michael Harvey took second place in his -62kg class final against Iranian fighter Abdolrezay Davoud whilst other men’s highlights included second place finishes from British athletes Zoheb Khalid and Temidayo Jegede who lost to Korean and Iranian opposition respectively.
Andrew Link, Operations Director of BTCB – Sport Taekwondo UK, said, “The tournament has been a great success and with yesterday’s ETU approval regarding our A-Class status, next year’s September meeting promises to be even bigger and better. We have been extremely impressed by the standard of the international athletes that have made the journey to Manchester and look forward to inviting them back again in the future.”
Full results can be downloaded here.
BTCB British Open – Day two final matches
Sunday 2nd November
Male Senior -54kg (Fin)
Jin Su Kim (Korea National League) vs. Zoheb Khalid (London Region Team)
Male Senior -62kg (Bantam)
Michael Harvey (Great Britain National Team) vs. Abdolrezay Davoud (Sistan & Balochstan TKD, IRI)
Male Senior -72kg (Light)
Mokdad Ounis (National Team of Germany) vs. Ho Young Jung (Korea National League)
Male Senior -78kg (Welter)
Askari Mehran (Sistan & Balochstan TKD, IRI) vs. Temidayo Jegede (Jaguar TKD, GBR)
Female Senior -47kg (Fin)
Jemma Johnson (BTS, GBR) vs. Louise Mair (Great Britain National Team)
Female Senior -55kg (Bantam)
Tania Viller (London Region Team, GBR) vs. Seon Mi Kang (Korea National League)
Female Senior -63kg (Light)
Mona Solheim (Team Mudo Namos, Nor) vs. Farren Cummins (Great Britain National Team)
Female Senior -72kg (Middle)
Flora Lellouche (National Team of France) vs. Sun Mi Jung (Korea National League)
BTCB British Open – Overall team results
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd November
Position Team Team Score (based on gold, silver and bronze placings)
1. Great Britain National Team 46
2. Korea National League 35
3. Scorpion Taekwondo, GBR 27
4. Sistan & Balochstan TKD, IRI 24
5. London Region Team, GBR 18