Mixed emotions for Hall after trio of medals at World Champs

21 May 2015 / 16:46

Despite bringing back a full set of medals for the 2015 World Championships, Great Britain’s taekwondo squad will not be resting on their laurels, according to performance director Gary Hall.

The Manchester-based team returned from Russia earlier this week with three medals from the seven days of competition – a tally surpassed only in 2011 when four medals were won in Mexico.

Bianca Walkden was the pick of the bunch, capping a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after two serious knee ligament injuries over the last five years by claiming her first ever world title in the +73kg category.

Damon Sansum took silver in the -80kg competition and bronze went to -62kg fighter Rachelle Booth as Great Britain hit their target of three medals with just over a year to go to Rio 2016.

However with possibilities for medals elsewhere, Hall admits they will be working hard for even more podium trips in the future, with the European Games in Baku from June 12-28 the next target.

"There is a real sense of achievement which is tangible," said Hall. "But there is also a sense of slight disappointment that it could have been better.

"There were were a couple that got away. But we are involved in this sport to sort out the ones that got away and capitalise on the ones that delivered.

"Jade Jones was really unfortunate and there were other guys who didn't quite hit the mark they were expecting. We also saw London 2012 bronze medallist, Lutalo Muhammad, withdraw with injury prior to the Championships.

"But we have a system in Manchester to allow us to go away to assess and analyse. Internal competition will get stronger and stronger to make sure we do better at future major competitions."

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