Olympic medallist Sansum calls time on career
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.”