Walkden vows to bounce back as Muhammad up next at worlds

19 July 2013 / 09:54

Bianca Walkden has vowed not to dwell on the disappointment of failing to claim a World Taekwondo Championship medal as fellow Brit Caroline Fisher suffered the same fate on day four.

After a bye in round one, Walkden, the No.6 seed in the +73kg category, got off to the perfect start defeating Graciella Mourambou of Gabon 10-1 before facing Turkey’s Cansel Deniz.

Again she was in control however, in the dying seconds, Deniz landed a head shot, which was unsuccessfully appealed by Walkden, and she fell to a 6-5 defeat in Puebla, Mexico.

Fisher was also given a bye into the -53kg second round but there she lost in sudden death to Yamisei Nunez, the Cuban scoring at the expense of the Brit after both struck at the same time.

Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad will be looking to change Britain’s fortunes as he goes next with Walkden adamant she wouldn’t let her defeat get the better of her long term.

“I was in control and then I just got caught and I didn’t have time to get it back,” said Walkden. “I thought I could do really well and I was in charge of things in that last fight.

“I really felt good coming into the Championships.  I’ve trained so hard to be ready for this and it’s hard to know what to do.

“It’s about getting myself up again now, getting over this disappointment.”

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