McNeish claims Grand Prix Bronze in Moscow

McNeish claims Grand Prix Bronze in Moscow

06 August 2017 / 18:06
Christian McNeish is already relishing the thought of his next competition after picking up his first bronze medal at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Moscow.

The London-born fighter battled his way to the semi-finals in the -68kg category, facing 2015 World Champion Jaouad Achab of Belgium along the way

McNeish knocked-out Abolfazl Yaghoubijouybari of Iran 16-11 and Argentine Lucas Guzman 11-9 in a thrilling triumph, before coming up against Achab in the final eight – where he led 8-0 but the Belgian had to withdraw after the first round.

The former kickboxer then came up against Rio 2016 silver medallist Alexey Denisenko where he was narrowly beaten 15-17 by the home favourite.

But the 20-year-old was happy with his performances in the Russian capital and cannot wait to get back out on the mat.

He said: "I'm happy that I've achieved something new, but there are still higher and better things to aim for.

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"I would have liked to have reached the Final and won it – but it wasn't meant to be. I will hopefully do better at the next World Taekwondo Grand Prix."

Elsewhere on Sunday Rachelle Booth reached the last 16 of the -57kg division in Moscow before agonisingly being eliminated on a golden point to Belgium's Raheleh Asemani, who went on to pick up a bronze medal.

Booth had defeated Croatia's Marija Stetic 42-30 in round one before going down to the Olympian by the narrowest of margins.

And in the -68kg category, Peter Longobardi-Radford was unable to progress through the first round as he lost to Mahammad Mammadov from Azerbaijan 5-7.

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