Great Britain athletes enjoyed a golden weekend in Edinburgh at the Commonwealth Championships, taking home no less than 12 golds.
There were medals for England, Scotland and Wales and for many, it was a first international title.
Jade Jones led the medal charge on Saturday, claiming her first Commonwealth Championship, beating Canada’s Evelyn Gonda in the -57kg final. Charlie Maddock beat team-mate Asia Bailey in the -49kg final whilst Christian McNeish also claimed gold, beating Martin Stamper and Michael Harvey to the -68kg title.
Damon Sansum (-80kg) and Lutalo Muhammad (-87kg) claimed two further senior golds on day one whilst Archie Waldock took the junior -51kg title.
Sunday saw Rachelle Booth claim an impressive gold medal in the -62kg category, claiming the scalp of Olympic medallist, Marlene Harnois.
Mahama Cho (+87), Andrew Deer (-74kg) and Jordan Gayle (-63kg) also topped the podium, as did newer recruits Jade Slavin (-73kg) and Max Cater (-54kg).
Nigerian athletes got their best international performance
Nigeria representatives at the sixth edition of the Taekwondo Championships held in Edinburgh, Scotland on the first day of the event won four gold and two bronze medals.
Those that did Nigeria proud in this year’s big festival for Commonwealth nations; the 64 nations that are known to be affiliated with Commonwealth Taekwondo Union include Jamilu Mohammed (M), Sola Olowookere, Adamu Isah (M), and Esuku Josephine (F) who all won gold, while Asigbe Adaeze (F) and Blessing Nwakama (F) won bronze medals.
According to the NTF President, Master George Ashiru: “This is Nigeria’s best ever performance in international championships, surpassing the three gold, one silver and one bronze won at the 1987 All Africa Games. The team’s preparation and selection methodology paid off with superb performances with six medals from 10 athletes who competed in the first day of tournament”.
The Senate President, David Mark, Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, the Director General, and Director of FEAD at the NSC were said to have sent in congratulatory messages to the athletes who made the nation proud at the tournament that features 550 competitors across the Commonwealth member nations.
Meanwhile, the remaining six fighters including Chika Chukwumerije and his brother, Uche, were scheduled to take part in their weight categories Sunday night.