Teenager Bailey finally accepts European bronze in Baku

01 May 2014 / 19:12

Teenager Asia Bailey claimed Britain’s first medal at the European Taekwondo Championships but only finally admitted to being satisfied with bronze in Baku.

Bailey, just 16, beat the defending champion in the -46kg category Ioanna Koutsou in the first round in Azerbaijan before two further wins put her into the semi-finals.

There she was to lose 5-0 to Iryna Romoldanova of the Ukraine to settle on bronze – an achievement the Scottish fighter was initially reluctant to accept in Baku.

"At first I was disappointed as I came here for gold. But now I feel proud of what I've achieved. I felt I got better with each match,” said Bailey.

"The first two were tough but I produced a good performance in the quarter-final getting a 12-point gap. That difference between juniors and seniors was really noticeable.

“These more experienced players will find gaps while in juniors there are more opportunities to score. It felt strange being here as a 16-year-old, amongst all these 'old women'.

“But I'm glad I made it and it's been a great experience."

Meanwhile Darren Chapman and Mahama Cho lost in the quarter-finals of the -54kg and +87kg respectively while Rachelle Booth fell in the second round of the women’ -62kg.

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