Olympic medal­list San­sum calls time on ca­reer

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

El­gin’s two-time taek­wondo world medal­list Da­mon San­sum has re­tired.

The 32-year-old, who won two world kick­box­ing ti­tles be­fore mov­ing to taek­wondo in 2010, claimed world sil­ver in 2015 and bronze in 2017.

He had been aim­ing to qual­ify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, but his form this year meant he was un­likely to earn the re­quired points.

The first phase of Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion ends in De­cem­ber but his per­for­mances at this year’s World Cham­pi­onships and the Ja­pan Grand Prix dented Sam­sun’s hopes of mak­ing the Bri­tish team.

He said: “It’s been a hell of a jour­ney and I have some un­be­liev­able mem­o­ries.

“I will for­ever be part of the taek­wondo fam­ily”

“Al­though I feel like I could go on for­ever, when the time is right, it is right – your heart lets you know that.

“I could have stayed on for a cou­ple more tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing the Eu­ro­pean Games – the only tour­na­ment I hadn’t been to and brought home a medal – but that wasn’t re­ally on the cards.

“I am ex­cited to be­gin the next chap­ter of my life. The fu­ture is not set in stone but rest as­sured I will for­ever be part of the taek­wondo fam­ily.”

San­sum switched to taek­wondo af­ter a UK Sport-backed tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme.

GB Taek­wondo per­for­mance di­rec­tor Gary Hall praised San­sum for his inspiratio­nal per­for­mances.

He said: “He was a part of the first ever Fight­ing Chance ini­tia­tive in 2010 and has been a mag­nif­i­cent part of the GB Taek­wondo team.”

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