Walkden looking to complete collection after European success

Walkden looking to complete collection after European success

22 May 2016 / 17:53

Bianca Walkden is now targeting the only major taekwondo title missing from her collection – Olympic gold – after retaining her European crown in Montreux, Switzerland.

Walkden beat Turkey’s Nafia Kus 5-4 in a hard-fought +73kg final to become a two-time champion of Europe.

Also the reigning world champion, the Brit has qualified a place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer and acknowledges that her success at the Salle Omnisports Perrier bodes well for her preparations.

The 24-year-old did hand Kus a couple of points in warning but decisively saw the fight out in the closing stages.

And she claims that despite a slight moment of doubt in the build-up to the final, going back-to-back as European champion is an incredibly special feeling.

“I feel really honoured to even be here and compete, so for me to do it the second time in a row is great,” said Walkden.

“It’s really nice to be reigning World and European champion and hopefully I can go to the Olympics and become Olympic champion now.

“The plan is to get gold in Rio and hopefully I can go out there and deliver that gold medal.

“My preparations are going well but I had a little cry before I came out for my final because I was panicking a little bit.

“It happens but I went out there and did the job and now I’m World and European champion.”

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