BASINGSTOKE Kickboxing Organisation enjoyed a hat-trick of medals at the Irish Open.

This is the largest tournament in the world and this year boasted 4,250 competitors from 30 countries and including many World, European and national championships.

The competition took place over four days.

Nicolle Langley took pride of place as she won the the Ladies 65 plus kg beginners section which was full of very good fighters.

Langley began kickboxing last year, when she joined a BKO beginners course and had only been to a couple tournaments before this.

To reach the final the Basingstoke fighter fought her way through six rounds beating opponents from Germany, Italy, Austria and Britain.

The final proved to be a very tight affair as both fighters were evenly matched.

The score went either way and the fight moved into extra time. Once again both fighters were scoring with equally matched reverse punches.

Langley's opponent decided to try and change tactics and employed some lateral movement and side stepping to try and get around Langley's punches.

This was what the Basingstoke fighter was waiting for as she continued to score and moved ahead by a couple of points.

In the girls 12 and under under-37kg section, Charlotte Evans almost repeated Langley's win.

Evans has great kicking ability and used her double and treble kicks to back her opponents up and put them off balance.

She scored repeated head kicks and quick reverse punches fighting through opponent after opponent to reach the final.

Once again it was close fight with two very good fighters pushing and pulling in order to gain the upper hand.

With three seconds to go Evans went for broke and a kicking combination followed by a backfist.

Unfortunately she just landed short and her opponent took the chance scoring the winning point.

Evans has now won gold or silver in every Major tournament this year.

Andy Partridge also won a bronze in the men's veterans section after losing in the last four to the world champion.

Partridge is a quick fighter and competes in both the veterans and higher black belt sections.

Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation compete in around 30 tournaments a year including internationals and train at The Gallery, Moniton Trading Estate, running 12 classes a week from Tuesday to Saturday.

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