Muhammad aiming to rediscover top form in Manchester

23 October 2014 / 14:11

Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad is determined to rediscover his form and defend his title at this weekend’s World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Manchester.

Muhammad is part of a 14-strong British squad that will compete in Manchester with results going towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The 23-year-old missed out on medals at the last two Grand Prix events but he will head into the weekend’s competition buoyed by previous success in the city.

Three months before becoming the first British man to win an Olympic taekwondo medal when he took -80kg bronze at London 2012, Muhammad won gold in the 87kg category at the European Championships in Manchester.

He returned north last year for the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Prix beating Russian Albert Guan in sudden death in the -80kg final.

And the British fighter intends to harness memories of that victory to not only move on from recent disappointments but also put on a show for the home crowd.

"I've had a few learning experiences and haven't had the results I wanted,” Muhammad told BBC Sport.

"I'm the reigning champion though, I feel confident and am determined to put in a performance."

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