Ge­orge shows his real hunger for suc­cess

TAEK­WONDO

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

YOU could say Che­sham Taek­wondo Club’s Ge­orge Han­chant was hun­gry for suc­cess af­ter tak­ing ex­treme mea­sures to be­come a world cham­pion.

The 15-year-old did not think he would make his weight for the UITF World Cham­pi­onships as, when he has been en­tered two months ago, he weighed 61kg and so was en­tered into the ju­nior red belt un­der-63kg cat­e­gory.

Un­for­tu­nately, he had put on weight since then, but af­ter not eat­ing on the day of the weigh in, he man­aged to scrape in, much to his re­lief.

His per­sis­tence paid off too as Han­chant grabbed gold in the spar­ring by keep­ing his cool and us­ing some well-aimed kicks, adding to the bronze medal he had ear­lier landed in the pat­terns.

The pre­vi­ous day, 13-year-old Max Whit­ley won the first of three medals Che­sham took home from the tour­na­ment when he won sil­ver in the pat­terns.

Suc­cess was not re­ally ex­pected as Whit­ley was not only at the younger end of his group, but was also the light­est in his cat­e­gory (un­der-52kg), weigh­ing just 41kg. But he nev­er­the­less beat off the chal­lenge of 30 oth­ers to win through to the pat­terns fi­nal, where he un­for­tu­nately lost on a split de­ci­sion to a South African op­po­nent, but nev­er­the­less took sil­ver.

In the spar­ring, Whit­ley came up against an Amer­i­can who was the big­gest in his di­vi­sion in a true David ver­sus Go­liath bat­tle, win­ning unan­i­mously af­ter two rounds, but then go­ing out on a split de­ci­sion in the next round.

The tour­na­ment was held in Hat­field and fea­tured teams from Aus­tralia, South Africa, Ar­gentina, Poland and the United States among other na­tions.

The next UITF World Cham­pi­onships will be hosted by

FLY­ING THE FLAG: Che­sham Taek­wondo Club’s Ge­orge Han­chant Ar­gentina in 2017, and while both some sort. Any­one who can help young­sters are hope­ful to at­tend, can con­tact the club via their they would need spon­sor­ship of web­site che­shamtkd.com.

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