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LLANELLI kick­boxer Ten­nessee Ran­dall has con­tin­ued her dom­i­nance on the world elite stage since step­ping up into the se­niors cat­e­gory and has now been crowned the Euro­pean cham­pion hav­ing rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain in the re­cent Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in Slove­nia.

As a ju­nior Ran­dall won nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional, Euro­pean and world ti­tles in all three dis­ci­plines and was a reg­u­lar in the GB team.

Any con­cerns about how she would in­te­grate into the se­niors were soon quashed by her per­for­mances in 2017 when she achieved suc­cess at in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships and was crowned the Ring Sport Com­mon­wealth and WKU world full con­tact cham­pion.

Ran­dall, who fights out of WKO Kick­box­ing Academy in Llanelli, made a fly­ing start to 2018 and fur­ther cemented her claim to be­ing one of the best full con­tact fight­ers in the sport.

In Jan­uary she com­peted with her team at the renowned Wat­ford Open where she won two gold medals.

Her good form con­tin­ued in Fe­bru­ary when she trav­elled to Croa­tia to fight in the Karlovac Su­per Fight Night against sea­soned com­peti­tor Kat­lyn Konya from Swe­den, a durable op­po­nent who usu­ally fights in a heav­ier cat­e­gory.

But Ran­dall pro­duced a world­class dis­play to win unan­i­mously in dom­i­nant fash­ion.

In March she trav­elled to Ire­land for one of the big­gest mar­tial arts com­pe­ti­tion in the world, the Ir­ish Open, and she pro­duced a num­ber of fine dis­plays to reach the fi­nal, which she won in front of a packed au­di­ence on the live fight night.

Her per­for­mances re­sulted in her se­lec­tion for the GB team at the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in Slove­nia, where com­peti­tors were na­tional cham­pi­ons in their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

She pro­duced a num­ber of world­class per­for­mances and pro­gressed JAMIE Lewis reached round three of the Wil­liam Hill Pro­fes­sional Darts Cor­po­ra­tion World Cham­pi­onship at Alexan­dra Palace in Lon­don af­ter a hard-fought 3-2 win over Cody Har­ris of New Zealand.

Fa­ther-of-five Har­ris, who is ranked 154 in the PDC world rank­ings, made his de­but in the cham­pi­onship last year. And he set up a clash with West Walian Lewis af­ter caus­ing an up­set in round one by de­feat­ing world num­ber 48 Martin Schindler of Ger­many.

Lewis, aged 27, set the cham­pi­onship alight last year by be­com­ing the first qual­i­fier to reach the semi-fi­nals, where he was de­feated by the leg­endary Phil Tay­lor, who has since re­tired. to the fi­nal in scin­til­lat­ing fash­ion, giv­ing her the op­por­tu­nity to be­come the first fe­male to win the full con­tact WAKO Euro­peans for Bri­tain.

Stand­ing in her way was the reign­ing Euro­pean and world cham­pion from Nor­way.

But Ran­dall pro­duced yet an­other dom­i­nant dis­play, land­ing shots with in­cred­i­ble pre­ci­sion, and the reign­ing cham­pion had no an­swer to the Llanelli girl’s move­ment, power, speed or ac­cu­racy.

When the bell rang at the end of the fi­nal round Ran­dall ran to her cor­ner to cel­e­brate her vic­tory with her coach Mark Watkins. Her fa­ther Leigh Ran­dall was also se­lected as one of Great Bri­tain’s coaches for the tour­na­ment.

Her per­for­mances, which were broad­cast via live links, gained plau­dits from around the kick­box­ing world, which was fur­ther recog­nised when she was awarded the best fe­male ring fighter at the tour­na­ment, just re­ward for years of ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fice.

WAKO (World As­so­ci­a­tion of Kick­box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tions) is the world’s

The world num­ber 29, who hails from Cardi­gan but now lives in Car­marthen, ap­peared to be saun­ter­ing to vic­tory when tak­ing a 2-0 lead in sets.

But 33-year-old Har­ris, from Auck­land, staged a fight­back to square the match be­fore Lewis turned on the style in the de­cid­ing set, which he won 3-0.

The Welsh­man hit nine max­i­mums and had an av­er­age of 92.32 in reach­ing the third round, to be played later this week.

Pon­ty­berem’s Jonny Clay­ton, who is seeded 15th, be­gins his quest with a sec­ond-round match against either Dim­itri van den Bergh or Chuck Puleo on Fri­day. Ten­nessee Ran­dall af­ter win­ning the Euro­pean crown. big­gest kick­box­ing body and is lob­by­ing to have the sport in­tro­duced at the Olympics, hope­fully for the 2024 games.

There are spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for this world elite ath­lete, who is a full-time psy­chol­ogy un­der­grad­u­ate and also holds down a part-time job.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in help­ing to sup­port her prepa­ra­tion, you can call 07947 675979.

WKO Kick­box­ing Academy Llanelli train on Mon­days and Thurs­days and hold classes for ju­niors and adults.

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