Bianca Walkden: GB taekwondo fighter claims fifth major title of 2017

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Bianca Walkden has made historical previous with her Substantial Prix success in 2017

British fighter Bianca Walkden claimed her fifth successive major title of the 300 and sixty five days with victory on the World Taekwondo Substantial Prix in Ivory Wing.

The Olympic bronze medallist beat South Korea’s Da-Bin Lee Sixteen-9 in the final.

World #1 Walkden had received the earlier three Substantial Prix events and claimed the +67kg world title in June.

The 26-300 and sixty five days-broken-down from Liverpool is the major athlete from any nation to utilize all four Substantial Prix events in the same calendar 300 and sixty five days.

“I in fact cannot convey I’ve achieved it and I’m pinching myself,” she told BBC Sport.

“To utilize all four and the World Championships is onerous to convey because I did no longer convey it used to be that it’s likely you’ll perhaps perhaps well take into accout on the starting up of the 300 and sixty five days as they’re the toughest events in taekwondo.”

The fighter used to be competing for the major time for the reason that “shock” departure of her coach Paul Green from the GB Taekwondo programme.

She used to be as a replacement guided by former crew-mate and London Olympian Martin Stamper.

Walkden beat South Korea’s Saebom An in the quarter-finals sooner than defeating London 2012 Olympic champion Milica Mandic of Croatia in the final four.

Britain’s world bronze medallist Damon Sansum (-80kg) and Max Cater (-58kg) every exited in the round of Sixteen in their respective divisions.

Double Olympic champion Jade Jones (-57kg) and world silver medallist Mahama Cho (+80kg) will elaborate for World Taekwondo Substantial Prix Final honours on Sunday.

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