Matt’s Golden Finish Lands Him Historic Para World Title

Neyland's Matt Bush is first Brit to land world taekwondo title at Para or able-bodied level

Matt’s Golden Finish Lands Him Historic Para World Title

Matt Bush is on top of the world after making history at the Para Taekwondo World Championships in Turkey.

The 6ft 5in powerhouse from Neyland became the first GB Taekwondo male to win a Para or able-bodied world gold medal.

Bush, who fought in the K44/+75kg category, kept his nerve after his final bout against Russian heavyweight Zainutdin Ataev went to overtime.

With the scores level at 8-8 following the regulation rounds, Bush struck the decisive blow.

“I wanted this for my team and Great Britain,” said Bush who previously competed in shot put and javelin before turning to mixed martial arts and ultimately taekwondo.

Bush, who fought at the 2017 Para Worlds in London, now hopes to qualify for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo when taekwondo is included for the first time.

He reached the final with a 12-3 victory against German Hasim Celik after previous wins over two-time world champion Asghar Aziziaghdam of Iran and Turkish home favourite, Taner Tan in Antalya.


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