Bradly Sinden's silver lining at European Championships
World champion Bradly Sinden had to settle for a silver medal at the European Taekwondo Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Sinden, from Stainforth, was a winner at the Sofia Open last month.
But the 22-year-old couldn’t double-up his golden haul as he lost 37-26 to Russian Sarmat Tcakoev in the final of the -68kg division.
Sinden had been in excellent form en route to the gold medal deciding match, defeating four opponents – including two by points gap.
“It was not the result I wanted but it is all a learning curve to take forward towards my main goal – Olympic gold,” said Sinden after narrowly missing out on his first European title.
“I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent but I still managed to put in some good performances.
“I had some tough fights and will take information from all of them to help me improve.
“I’ve got some recovery time now and then it is full steam ahead towards Tokyo.”
Dunscroft’s Mason Yarrow reached the quarter-finals of the -58kg division before losing 6-17 to France’s Cyrian Avet, who went on to win gold.
Yarrow, 20, dominated his opening match against Croatia’s Marko Lipovac to win 39-5 by point gap before defeating Italy’s Vito Dell'Aquila 21-10.