Mahama Cho claims bronze at World Taekwondo Grand Prix

Taekwondo's Mahama Cho during the Team GB Kitting Out session at the NEC, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Stockwell heavyweight Mahama Cho won bronze at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix at the weekend.

The South Londoner, fighting in front of his own fans at the Copper Box Arena, fell to an 8-5 semi-final defeat against giant Russian,   Rafail Aiukaev after leading going into the final half minute.

“Towards the end I wanted to contain him and try to make him make a mistake,” said the World Championship silver medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian. “But he did it better than I did.

“It was always going to be tough against a very tall opponent.

“It would have been great to come away with a gold medal – especially with my family watching.

“But to get another medal is a positive. I’ll be ready for the Grand Prix final in Ivory Coast later this year.