Triple bronze for Tallaght in World C’ships

TALLAGHT Martial Arts fielded four fighters at the WAKO World Championships in Antalya in Turkey and boasted three bronze medallists by the close of proceedings.

The event saw 63 countries represented by more than 700 competitors fighting in full contact, Kick Light and Points fighting over eight days.

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Stephen Jones, Keri Browne, Martin Bannon, Nicole Bannon, Nicholas Tracey and Conor McGlinchey after a superb outing in the WAKO World Championships

Conor McGlinchey, competing in the -84kg Points Fighting section was on top of his game against his first opponent Sezer Altar Sahin from Turkey, winning by the maximum score of ten clear points.

In the quarter finals he outpointed Elliott Hamilton of Great Britain 13-3 to set up a semi final clash with Davide Guffanti from Italy.

In what was a closely fought contest over three rounds during which the lead swapped hands,  McGlinchey narrowly lost out in the dying seconds to the  Italian who  continued on to win the WAKO World title.

Nicole Bannon took her place in the -60kg Points Fighting section against Kristina Ravic from Croatia and gained control of the contest from the outset with a display of excellent punching to win out 14-4.

In the last four against Luisa Gullotti from Italy, Bannon made a great start, racing four points clear in the opening round.

But her opponent fought back to level it in the second before edging the contest 14-13 and continuing on to secure gold.

Keri Browne put in a brilliant performance against Mevludiye Aktas from Turkey in the quarter finals to win her -65kg Points contest 13-6.

Up against the current World champion Andrea Busa from Hungary in the penultimate rounds, Browne  narrowly lost out 6-4 with Busa successfully defending her title.

Stephen Jones lined out in the -94kg Points class and turned in a fine performance against Nikita Lapshin from Russia, despite losing out.

Despite some amazing counter punching over three rounds, Leá Farrell was piipped in the dying seconds of her -50kg Points contest against Ivonre Mejia Estivariz from Mexico.

In the Team event Stephen Jones, Conor Mc Glinchey, Nicole Bannon and Keri Browne put in a great performance against a strong Mexican team to progress to the quarter finals against Hungary where they lost out.  

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