Samsun beats Cook to claim French Open taekwondo win

23 December 2013 / 09:21

Damon Sansum gave British selectors a timely reminder of his skills with a victory over Aaron Cook at taekwondo's French Open.

Sansum was not selected for the recent Grand Prix in Manchester in the highly-competitive -80kg category, team officials preferring the claims of Andrew Deer and Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad.

But the former kick boxer, who has missed most of this year with a shoulder injury, beat European champion Cook to underline his credentials in an interesting selection battle.

Elsewhere, British team-mate Mahama Cho secured heavyweight silver, adding to his Grand Prix gold in Manchester, and Charlie Maddock won -57kg bronze.

And Bianca Walkden rebounded from a disappointing performance in Manchester claiming the +67kg title with a win over Olympic silver medallist Anne Caroline Graffe.

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