Trio take medals haul at cham­pi­onships


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THREE of Yead­ing Trenic Taek­won-do Academy’s next gen­er­a­tion ex­celled in their rel­a­tive age groups at the Bri­tish UKITF Cham­pi­onships in Craw­ley last week.

Karen Abou-Ab­dal­lah, 11, who won the Ir­ish Cham­pi­onships last month, added the Bri­tish ti­tle to her grow­ing col­lec­tion of na­tional suc­cesses, while Charlie McGregor, 10, also be­came Bri­tish cham­pion in the ‘Hy­per-Weight’ event.

Coby Eseg­bona, 10, also per­formed bril­liantly at the K2 Arena, only to miss out on his own Bri­tish ti­tle with a valiant de­feat to his Scot­tish op­po­nent in his fi­nal.

Abou-Ab­dal­lah starred through­out the com­pe­ti­tions’ du­ra­tion, adding another gold in the ‘spe­cial tech­nique’ cat­e­gory and a bronze in the pat­terns event. The young star out­classed all of her in­ter­na­tional op­po­nents, in­clud­ing Dutch and Ir­ish com­peti­tors, as she notched three medals in a hugely suc­cess­ful week.

McGregor, who had also been in great form in re­gional con­tests in re­cent months, ex­acted some re­venge on a fel­low com­peti­tor who had beaten him ear­lier this year on the way to his gold medal in his event.

Eseg­bona was equally dom­i­nant through­out the lead up to his fi­nal, de­spite fight­ing against much heav­ier op­po­nents, only to nar­rowly fall to a split decision de­feat in the fi­nal.

All three train at the Vik­ing Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Rad­cliffe Road, with the Cham­pi­onships at­tract­ing 450 com­peti­tors over the age of eight from a range of Euro­pean coun­tries.

n TOP FIGHT­ERS: Karen Abou-Ab­dal­lah, 11, Coby Eseg­bona, 10, and Charlie McGregor, 10 Con­trib­uted

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