15 - 19 MAY 2019

MANCHESTER ARENA

Sinden’s new success bodes well for World Championships bid

Bradly Sinden underlined his credentials as a World Championship contender with victory at the President’s Cup event in Agadir, Morocco.

GB Taekwondo teammates, Damon Sansum and Christian McNeish, also produced confidence boosting medal-winning performances before the planet’s best fighters arrive in Manchester next month (May 15-19).

Yorkshireman Sinden won’t compete again until stepping out at the Manchester Arena to try and improve on his 2017 World bronze. He will do so unbeaten in 2019 and with three titles to his name.

After a semi-final walkover over injured Spaniard Javier Perez Polo, Sinden, 20 from Doncaster, defeated Belgian Si Mohamed Ketbi 10-2 in the -68kg weight division final.

Ketbi had been responsible for a 17-11 semi-final defeat of European gold medallist McNeish.

“It feels really good to get gold and I’ve had a great start to the year,” said Sinden.

“It’s back into training now, pushing myself to be the best I can be for the Worlds, where I will be giving it everything I have got.

“It was pleasing I stuck to the game plan throughout all my fights, trying things I’ve worked on in the gym.”

Sinden opened his campaign with a 35-15 win over Tunisian Badreeddine Guermiti, followed up with a 19-9 success against Ethiopia’s Solomon Tefera and then defeated Russia’s Konstantin Minin in the quarter-finals.

Londoner McNeish started by knocking out home favourite Bilal Idrissi 30-5.

He chalked up another 41 points in his last 16 success over Shannon Petit Phar of France, defeated Manuel Parada Martinez of Spain 26-4 in the last eight only for Si Mohamed Ketbi to end his run of high scoring victories.

Double World Championship medallist Sansum came close to reaching the -80kg weight division final before losing 6-4 to Spain’s Raul Martinez Garcia.

Heavyweight Jack Spall lost in the last 16 but was separated from the quarter-finals only by golden point against Cem Unlusoy of Germany.

Spall’s fellow heavyweight, Jonathan Bangura, went down 9-5 in the last 32 against Egyptian Taha Al Aswed while at -58kg Hassan Haider succumbed 28-8 against Demse Solomon of Ethiopia.

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