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Overton and Basingstoke taekwondo fighters claim medals at British Open
OVERTON and Basingstoke Taekwondo returned with seven medals after they took both poomsae and sparring teams to the 16th UTF British Open International in Crawley.
The first day of the event saw the poomsae take place and, with many national international players in attendance, the standard was very high.
Graham Jones, in the male A class 60 plus category, won the club’s only gold.
Rachel Harman, in the female B class under-29 took a silver, while Neo Botha’s performance was outstanding in her large division as she showed crisp performances of Taegeuk Luk Jang and Taegeuk Pal Jang to win a bronze.
Both Coleen Reilly (A Class under-29 female) and Sian Reilly (A Class under-17 female) made the final of the last eight, but did not take home a medal.
The following day the sparring competition saw over 400 players, with Overton club adding four more medals to its tally.
There were two silvers, one each for Cullen Walker (male B class peewee 22kg) and Kamil Nowak male A class cadet 61kg).
Walker had an eventful day being beaten in his first match against an opponent who was in the wrong weight category.
He was reinstated and went on to lose narrowly in the final 11-10.
There were also two bronze medals won by Alex Stock (male A class cadet 49kg) and Botha picked up her second of the weekend in the female A class cadet 37 kg category. Mujahid Baksh was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the A class junior 55kg after a fight against one of the top players in Britain in which he put up an excellent showing. Sean Carstens also reached the last eight in the male C Class pee wee 25kg.
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