BAKU 20140

Asia Bailey wins GB's first medal with bronze

Asia Bailey won Great Britain's first medal of the European Taekwondo Championships as the Scottish teenager claimed bronze on Thursday.



The 16-year-old lost 5-0 to Ukraine’s Iryna Romoldanova in the semi-finals of the -46kg weight division in Azerbaijan, informed the BBC in the digital editon.

“At first I was disappointed as I came here for gold,” said Bailey.

“But now I feel proud of what I’ve achieved. I felt I got better with each match.”

Bailey, a 2012 World Junior bronze medalist, had impressed on her way to the semi-finals, beating reigning European champion Ioanna Koutsou of Greece 6-3 in the first round.

She is part of a 14-strong British team in Baku that also includes Olympic champion Jade Jones.

The -57kg fighter from Wales, who came third at both the 2010 and 2012 Euros, competes on Saturday. Team



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