George shows his real hunger for success
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.
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