The 23-year-old was eight seconds away from being crowned Britain’s first Olympic taekwondo champion when his opponent, Ulugbev Rashitov of Uzbekistan, hit him with a swinging kick to the head and follow through to the body . Sinden crashed to the mat heartbroken, his Olympic gold dreams shattered. Money was no consolation.
“I went for gold, so the ultimate emotion was disappointment,” Sinden recalled nine months later.
That silver medal quickly became his motivation – “the fuel to go and win gold in Paris” – but there is also a growing pride in what he has achieved and what he wants this Olympic medal to be. means.
“Most people watched us at the Olympics, they saw how intense the fights are, how much you gain a second, lose a second and how quickly a fight can change,” he says.
“It’s electric. Especially with my fights, you never get bored. Taekwondo became such a massive spectacle at the Olympics that everyone was texting me saying “it’s my new favorite sport, when can we watch it next?”
Well, for those excited inquisitors, here’s the answer – later this month across the Pennines when the European Taekwondo Championships take place from May 19-22 at the Manchester Regional Arena.
“For those who watched the Olympics on TV, now is the time to come out and support us and experience that feeling in real life,” Sinden urged.
“It’s good to see it on TV, but when you’re there in person with the crowd screaming and screaming, it takes it to the next level.
“That’s why I’m happy that we were able to bring the Europeans into our own backyard.
“It’s about getting as many people as possible to understand that we’re here and that taekwondo is a sport to watch.”
The four days of the European Championships will follow a similar format to the World Championships which took place in the same arena three years ago and ended much more uplifting for Sinden.
Back then, the 20-year-old, who first tried the sport aged four when trained at his older sister’s lessons, was crowned world champion in front of his home fans.
“It was a great experience to fight in front of this home crowd, a prestigious event like the World Championships was something else,” he told the Yorkshire Post.
“It was a great atmosphere, everyone involved made it such a great show, the best I’ve seen both as a fighter and as a fan.
“On top of that, how well the sport has been received at the Olympics, because at the world championships there hasn’t been such a big competition with a crowd. We can’t wait to reunite with our friends and family and get that home advantage for the European Championships.
Sinden will compete in the 68kg event on Saturday (21). At the Olympics, each weight division takes one day, but in Manchester athletes can fight for two days the longer they stay in the tournament.
“The Olympics is one ring, but to Europeans it’s one venue and it’s not just the Olympic athletes, we also have para-athletes competing, the first time it’s been fully integrated So fans can cheer on the whole team.
“We train together, so it’s time we competed together.
“Coming back to the world championships in 2019, for the final, they separated the rest of the venue and made it a fighting sphere. How they did it was amazing.
“The pitch black and the crowd lit up with your color, you saw how crowded it was and it made me think I had to put on a show here.”
Sinden has certainly made it to the world championships and as the road to Paris intensifies with these championships, he hopes to deliver again.
“For me it’s about the performance, not the medal,” says Sinden.
“If I put performance into the reward will come, taking fight by fight and imposing my A game on my opponent.”
Competition: In an exclusive opportunity, we can offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children aged 16 and under) to watch Bradly and other stars of GB Taekwondo and Para Taekwondo at the Championships of Taekwondo Europe. You get a family ticket and an overnight stay in Manchester to attend the championships on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May. The ticket will give you access to all four weekend sessions and accommodation includes breakfast at the Holiday Inn Hotel Manchester Central or the Park Inn Manchester, courtesy of CSE, the official accommodation partner of the event.
1. The raffle is only open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man aged 18 or over, excluding Promoter employees, their immediate family and any other person professionally linked to the draw.
2. To participate in the raffle, you must send an e-mail [email protected] under the Taekwondo Competition heading and answer this simple question: What color medal did Bradly Sinden win at the Tokyo Olympics?
3. Entries must be received by The Yorkshire Post no later than Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. Any entry received after this will not be considered and will not be valid.
4. The draw is free, although data charges from your network operator and Internet service providers charges may apply.
5. There will be a lucky draw winner.
6. The winner will receive 1 x family pass* for 2 days to the European Taekwondo Championships. A family pass covers 2 adults and 2 children aged 16 and under. The pass will give access to the event for 2 sessions per day (rounds and finals), for 2 days. Price also includes one night’s accommodation with breakfast in a family room at the Holiday Inn Hotel Manchester Central or Park Inn Manchester (courtesy of CSE, the official accommodation partner)
7. The European Taekwondo Championships will be held May 19-22, 2022. This award is ONLY for this event. It is not transferable to another event/date and no alternatives will be offered.
SELECTION OF WINNERS AND CONTACT
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10. If you are a winner, you will have 7 days to claim your prize. If you do not respond within this time, you may forfeit your prize. We reserve the right to award the prize to an alternate winner if we are unable to contact you on the platform on which you entered the draw.
11. In the event of a dispute regarding these terms and conditions, the conduct, results or any fault, misunderstanding, error or dispute regarding the operation of a competition, including the accuracy or acceptability of answers given by winners, or the operation of any technical/communications system, our decision shall be final.
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