Martial artists take record-breaking medal haul
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 November 2011
Ilford club win 24 medals at National Championships
Martial Artists from Ilford’s Kaizen Ryu club won an unprecedented 24 medals at the TKF National Championships at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday.
The team picked up an incredible 10 gold, six silver and eight bronze medals, winning in more than a quarter of the divisions, which set a new competition record.
In kata, the prearranged forms section of the competition, six-year-old Abiraami Govindan demonstrated great skill to win silver.
Husband and wife, Indran and Marie Tanabalan, became national champions by winning their respective divisions and Marie added the women’s team kata crown alongside training partners Vicky Phillips and Emmie Brown.
Kumite, point fighting, followed and Govindan earned her second silver of the day.
Brave Natalia Sousa Gallego, nine, finished with a well deserved bronze.
Club-mate Jacob Wilmore, 12, finished an amazing third, competing against junior brown and black belts, and his performance caught the attention of watching GB Team selectors.
Sunit Jogia, 12, fresh from winning World Championship silver and bronze in Turin, Italy last weekend, topped Wimore’s division, proving too quick for the opponents in his class.
Marie Tanabalan qualified for the final in the women’s lightweight division, but lost out on the gold by a single point in overtime.
The performance secured her place in the Great Britain Team for next year’s World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Indran Tanabalan picked up his second gold of the day in the men’s middleweight division, then followed captain and England international Tony Knight to victory in the men’s team event.
Gold and silver medal winners from the Nationals earned places in the Great Britain team that will train together in the build-up to next year’s World Championships.
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