British Taekwondo phenom Aaron Cook has just accomplished a European Competition First – A Quadruple European Gold haul.
Cook pulled off a stunning fourth European Championships title, making him the first competitor ever to win continental Gold in every possible age group.
After spectacularly knocking out the World’s best Taekwondo player Steven Lopez in Mexico, Cook has since been racking up the titles.
Having taken victory at the Senior European Championships this year in May, getting revenge on Mauro Sarmiento (who denied Cook a medal in the Beijing Olympics) in the quarter finals, Cook (19 years old) went on to win the Junior under-21 edition which recently. These medals he now adds to the Youth and Cadet titles held previously.
Senior European Championships (2010 – Russia)
Junior European Championships (2010 – Ukraine)
Youth European Championships (2007 – Azerbaijan)
Cadet European Championships (2005 – Italy)
In a tournament where he was rarely troubled, the Beijing Olympic competitor and London 2012 podium hopeful took on Spaniard Jose Andrade in a final which ended 13 – 5 to the British World Number One. He said: “I really wanted to win this one and taking such a unique record in the European competitions is a real honour for me. The Senior Europeans back in May were a great experience and that put me in a position where I just had to come out to Ukraine and complete the set!
“I’ll be going back to Manchester now to prepare for the British Open which has some really strong world class athletes competing and hopefully I will be able to improve on my performance of last year where I lost to a really strong Korean player who took the gold. I am feeling really good at the moment so it will be great to get out in front of our British taekwondo fans.”
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