[Lutalo Muhammad has won his first British title at the National Taekwondo Championships. (Photo: Ahmed J Versi/The Muslim News)]
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Lutalo Muhammad has won his first British title at the National Taekwondo Championships in Manchester on Saturday, September 3.
The 22-year-old dropped less than 10 points in four fights en route to the -87kg crown and his maiden national title, including a 14-1 final victory over Kevin Lidgett from the Scorpion Club, Doncaster.
It marked a return to form for Muhammad ahead of the inaugural World Grand Prix in Manchester in December. – where Rio 2016 Olympics qualification points will be on offer.
Saturday’s outing in the -87kg weight class was Muhammad’s first bout since losing to Cuban Rafael Castillo in the last at the 16 of the World Championships in Mexico back in July. “It was massive disappointment,” he confirmed.
“I trained hard and all the coaches put a lot of work into the squad. But sometimes sport can kick you in the teeth.”
The event marked London-born Muhammad’s first fight in the UK since he became Great Britain’s first male Olympic taekwondo medallist last summer when he won a bronze medal.
“All I am doing now is looking forward and my main focus is the World Taekwondo Grand Prix,” said Muhammad, who secured European Championship gold in Manchester in 2012.
“It has all the makings of another World Championship so I want to be at my best.”