A few kicks from gold at Worlds

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

MICHAEL Duck­worth landed more than a few kicks and punches on his way to a sil­ver medal in an over­seas taekwondo tour­na­ment.

The ATI Mar­tial Arts mem­ber, who teaches at the 1st Sal­ter Point Sea Scout Group Hall, fin­ished sec­ond in the light­weight semi con­tact point spar­ring di­vi­sion at the 13th Open World Taekwondo Cham­pi­onships in Birmingham, Eng­land dur­ing July.

Duck­worth said it was an “un­real ex­pe­ri­ence” be­cause it was the first time he had com­peted in a world cham­pi­onship event.

“It took a while to sink in about what I had done, it was just an un­real feel­ing,” he said. “I was pretty close to win­ning the gold medal; my op­po­nent won by seven points, which is a dif­fer­ence of only a few kicks.

“There were six fights that I took part in dur­ing the tour­na­ment and they were all in­tense, es­pe­cially the last two.”

Duck­worth said he ranked the achieve­ment as his best dur­ing his taekwondo ca­reer.

“I’ve won State and na­tional ti­tles but this is prob­a­bly my best achieve­ment be­cause it came in an over­seas com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“My mum had some suc­cess in the cham­pi­onships as well; she claimed bronze in the ex­ec­u­tive light­weight di­vi­sion for women over 35.”

Michael Duck­worth (right) kicks Steven Frew, of Scot­land.

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