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German-Pinay fights her way to reclaim taekwondo title

by FFE Sports News staff


Photo source: ABS CBN

A 13-year-old German-Filipino taekwondo jin proved that victory is just as sweet the second time around.

On September 7, Southampton native Jeamy Navarro-Shrank won back her title in the 2013 British National Championships in a stunning 13-4, 7-1 and 1-0 win against three contenders. In an interview, she said that the win ‘felt great’ since last year’s disappointment was still fresh in her mind.

‘In some ways it spurred me on but in others it hindered me because I was just focused on winning rather than following my game plan’

Jeamy has been on the spotlight since she took up the sport at age 8. She has won medals across the continent and was honoured last year with a Rising Star award by the OCS (Office Cleaning Services) Young Sports Person Awards in London.

The young jin is also up for bigger things, as she aims to make it into Team Great Britain’s 2020 Olympics taekwondo squad. She recently represented Britain at the 2013 European Championships in Romania.

She admitted to feeling pressured as she stepped up in class. “Having competed for GB at the European Championships just two weeks earlier put extra pressure on me. There are a lot of girls who want to beat me to get selected for future tournaments, so it was really a must win tournament for me.”

Jeamy was eliminated on the 16th Round of the European Championships. But she enthusiastically added that she had a fantastic experience in the championships and looked forward to getting selected for the 2014 World Championships.

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