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GB Taekwondo Announced the Eight ‘wildcard’

The event, which will see 250 of the world’s top athletes across eight different weight categories come together to battle it out for vital qualification points ahead of Rio 2016, is one of the strongest ever fields seen in the sport.


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The official webpage of BG taekwondo announced, the eight ‘wildcard’ selections who will compete in the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Prix, part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, completing a not to be missed, thirteen strong team for Great Britain.

Competing in the men’s competition at +80kg will be recent team GB Taekwondo returnee, Mahama Cho, who currently holds the Dutch and German Open Championship titles.

In the 80kg category National Champion Andrew Deer, who recently won silver at the Serbian Open, has secured his place alongside London 2012 medallist Lutalo Muhammad.

Mancunians Jordan Gayle (68kg) and Dominic Brookes (58kg), who claimed Gold and Silver accolades respectively in Serbia, can expect a warm welcome from the home crowd as they complete the men’s wildcard line up.

Fresh to the GB Taekwondo Academy, Junior European Champion Georgia Barnes will compete at 49kg alongside British National Champion, Stephanie Allen (+67kg) on Friday 13 th December.

Taking to the mat on Saturday and Sunday respectively, will be British Nation al Champions, Maria Reynolds (67kg) and Caroline Fisher (57kg).

The event, which will see 250 of the world’s top athletes across eight different weight categories come together to battle it out for vital qualification points ahead of Rio 2016, is one of the strongest ever fields seen in the sport. All 16 of the 2013 World Championship gold medallists and seven gold medallists from the 2012 Olympics are expected to attend the Manchester based event, with spectacular matches expected to take place across three days of world class Taekwondo action.

On being chosen to represent Great Britain as a wildcard for the inaugural Grand Prix and competing in his hometown, Jordan Gayle said; “It’s an incredible honour to be able to take part in the world’s first Taekwondo Grand Prix and to do so in my home city is a privilege. The field assembled is incredibly scertainly expect matches that they don’t want to miss!”

On bringing the eight wildcards into the field, GB Taekwondo Performance Director, Gary Hall, said; “As host of the Grand Prix we have the fantastic opportunity to showcase the developing talent and rising stars within the UK. The wildcard athletes chosen have all demonstrated dedication and talent in our sport and are now taking their first steps on the Road to Rio 2016.”The World Taekwondo Grand Prix is the final event in Manchester’s series of Autumn/Winter Major Sports Events which played host to The Super League Grand Final, NBA

 

Wildcard entries:
Mahama Cho London +80kg Friday 13th December
Georgia Barnes Southampton -49kg
Friday 13th December
Stephanie Allen London +67kg
Friday 13th December
Andrew Deer Tamworth -80kg
Saturday 14th December
Dominic Brookes Manchester -58kg Saturday 14th December
Maria Reynolds Liverpool -67kg
Saturday 14th December
Jordan Gayle Manchester -68kg
Sunday 15th December
Caroline Fisher Barnsley -57kg
Sunday 15th December
Ranked entries:
Lutalo Muhammad London -80kg
Saturday 14th December
Jade Jones Flint -57kg Sunday 15th December
Martin Stamper Liverpool -68kg Sunday 15th December
Michael Harvey Manchester -68kg Sunday 15th December
Bianca Walkden Liverpool +67kg
Friday 13th December

 

 

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