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GREECE LIGHTNING: Will Niall Gibson be able to match or better his Commonwealth silver medal at the European 16-21 Taekwondo Championships in Athens next week?
GREECE LIGHTNING: Will Niall Gibson be able to match or better his Commonwealth silver medal at the European 16-21 Taekwondo Championships in Athens next week?
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NIALL Gibson is all set to go it alone in the European 16-21 Taekwondo Championships in Athens next week.

The Bessacarr fighter is Team GB’s sole representative in the competition.

But rather than being overawed by the task at hand, Gibson intends to fly the flag in style by returning with a medal.

He told the Free Press: “I’m going out there to win this but at the very least I want to be coming back with a medal.

“Training has gone really well and I’m in great condition at the right time.

“It’s a privilege to be the only British fighter going out there and I’m determined to do as well as I can to justify my selection.”

Gibson has prior experience of making an impact on his travels after winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Championships in India last year, seeing off some of the best young fighters in the world.

The 18-year-old said: “I’m used to travelling abroad to compete now and it doesn’t faze me at all.

“I just get out there and get on with it.”

Gibson feels he is on a run of good form heading into the championships.

The two time British Champion picked up gold at the Scorpion Open in Barnsley, despite fighting at a higher than normal weight class, and was also a winner at the NTC Open in Nottingham.

He said: “It’s been a month since my last competition which isn’t the most ideal preparation but I’ve been doing well recently.

“It’s all come together in training and all that matters is what I do when I get out there.”

Gibson will compete in the 58kg category in the Greek capital while his tutor at Scorpion Taekwondo Peter Adamsons has been selected as the GB coach.