Sansum strikes gold in Germany

03 March 2012 / 21:34

Damon Sansum won gold at the German Open with victory over fellow British competitor Lutalo Muhammad in the -80kg weight division final in Hamburg.

Sansum defeated Muhammad 9-8, the former world kick boxing champion showing his credentials ahead of selection in three months' time for the London Olympics.

Muhammad, who only joined the Great Britain Academy last year, also caught the eye with four victories, including a semi-final win over Aaron Cook.

Cook won the US Open last weekend and looked on course for a notable double but Londoner Muhammad, who also put out Athens Olympian Craig Brown in the quarter-finals, defeated his Dorchester rival 14-11.

Nottingham's Ruebyn Richards was ahead in his -80 kg quarter-final before retiring through injury. Tamworth's Andy Deer lost in the last 32.

It was not a good day for Britain's hopefuls in the -68kg weight division, notably defending champion Martin Stamper.

Beaten only twice during 2011, Stamper lost his opening bout in sudden death to Frenchman Yassine Belhadj.

Beijing Olympian and world championship silver medallist Michael Harvey progressed furthest. The Manchester-born London hopeful won three bouts before losing in the quarter-finals.

Fellow Mancunian Jordan Gayle lost in the last 32 while Mansfield's Tony Grisman went down in the last 64. Britain's other medallist came at junior level where Jamie Abley took silver at -59kg.

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