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SPANISH GOLD FOR STAMPER AND WALKDEN

Liverpudlians Martin Stamper and Bianca Walkden were Britain's golden wonders at the Spanish Open in Alicante. 

Stamper's fellow London Olympians, Lutalo Muhammad and Jade Jones, added to the Manchester trained squad's medal haul. 

But Muhammad, in his first competition since the 2012 Games, and Olympic champion Jones, had to settle for bronze medals. 

However, it was an excellent showing by the British squad whose main focus this year are the World Championships in Puebla, Mexico in July. 

Stamper, the 2013 German Open champion, defeated long time rival Russian Vladimir Kim 2-0 in a tense -68kg final.  

"I didn't put any expectations on myself fighting here as we are in a heavy faze of training for the Worlds," said 26-year-old Stamper, a bronze medallist at the 2011 version in South Korea.

“But I was really happy with my performances. I had five tough fights against some quality opponents and felt pretty comfortable in each fight. 

“I feel my game has improved so much on the Daedo scoring system and that is down to hard but clever work in training. 

“I can now carry on my preparation for the Worlds and go in full of confidence hoping to better my bronze of two years ago." 


Walkden, 21, who just missed out on Olympic selection, recorded two notable victories on her way to yet another title in the +73kg division. 

'Queen B' edged Olympic silver medallist Ann-Caroline Graffe 4-3 in the semi-final before taking it even closer in the final against Graffe's fellow French star, Gwladys Epangue. 

Even after sudden death, the duo were still deadlocked at 6-all. But Walkden's aggression won the day and earned her the referee's verdict. 

"It felt like a ‘mini-Worlds’ given the quality of opponents," she said of her Spanish success. 

“But it's back to the Academy where I will train with all my heart so hopefully I’ll be on the podium in Mexico. 

“I picked up a few good things to work on and I’m just going to commit. I want to be unbeatable.” 

Olympic bronze medallist and European champion Muhammad just missed the -87kg final, losing 9-8 to Iran’s Mahdi Khodabakhshi.  

Welsh star Jones, who won the German Open title last time out, reached the semi-finals before losing 13-7 to home favourite Eva Gomez.