Olympic24: Adcocks start with a bang in Dubai
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Olympic24: Adcocks start with a bang in Dubai

10 December 2015 / 07:43

Chris and Gabby Adcock take brilliant victory in their opening clash at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai while GB Taekwondo boss admits tough choices need to be made ahead of Rio 2016.

  • The Adcocks win 17-21 21-11 24-22 over Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in Dubai
  • Lutalo Muhammad and Damon Sansum both in contention for spot at Rio 2016

Adcocks prevail after tough Dubai Opener

Adcocks

Chris Adcock insists he won't be popping the champagne corks just yet despite he and wife Gabby fighting back to win their opening group game of the World Superseries Finals in Dubai.

The Adcocks were up against Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir and the Indonesians saved five match points.  

He said: "It was a good battle on court today. We didn't have a great start but got our rhythm in the second half of the first set. 

"We are really happy with the result however know that in a group style competition there is not room for complacency and are preparing for more tough battles as the week goes on!"

Hall facing selection headache ahead of Rio

Lutalo Muhammad

However, they couldn't stave off defeat as the English number one mixed doubles pair prevailed 17-21, 21-11, 24-22 after a titanic 63-minute tussle at the Hamdan Arena Complex. 

But this is just the start and next up for the reigning Commonwealth champions are China's world and defending Superseries champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei. 

And while they lost their opening bout to Lee Chun Hei Reginal and Zhau Hoi Wah of Hong King, Chris Adcock is taking nothing for granted.

GB Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall admits he is facing a selection headache with Rio 2016 looming large on the horizon.

London 2012 bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad proved he is back to his best following a knee injury as he beat Aaron Cook to claim men's -80kg gold at the World Grand Prix finals. 

But he isn't the only Brit to shine in that division with Damon Sansum having won World Championship silver back in May in Russia. 

Only one can be selected for Team GB when they announce their Rio squad in June, and Hall is not giving anything away. 

"There is no doubt Lutalo has done an exceptional job but Damon has also done an exceptional job in winning the world silver medal," he said. 

"It is a tough decision and it is such a shame that we are not able to select them both but we are building a programme in Manchester which is designed to make these kinds of decisions possible. 

"We have had a fantastic year medalling in all the major competitions and hitting our medal targets, and we have managed to qualify three athletes automatically for an Olympics for the first time."

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