German-Pinay strikes gold at taekwondo Spanish Open

By Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at May 21 2014 10:28 PM | Updated as of May 22 2014 06:28 AM

Jeamy Navarro-Schrank shows her gold medal. Photo by Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

CASTELLON DE LA PLANA, SPAIN -- A German-Pinay fighter has struck gold at the recent taekwondo Spanish Open.

Jeamy Navarro-Schrank bested 19 other competitors to clinch the under-15 Cadet Lightweight division title - under 44kgs - at the annual tournament, which ran from May 16-18 in Castellon de la Plana, north of Valencia.

The 14-year-old from Southampton in the United Kingdom defeated four athletes: 1-0 against Germany, 11-0 against Spain, 6-0 against France, and in the final, 11-7 against France once again.

On her triumph, Jeamy said: "It feels fantastic to win such a big tournament and especially as I got to fight some of the better players including the winner of the Dutch Open, which I didn't get to take part in last March.

"It is really nice to come into form at the right time just before the World Championships team selection," she added.

Jeamy, who trains with the British national squad in Manchester, is vying to be selected for the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) Cadet World Championships being held this July in Baku, Azerbaijan.

She will be competing at the Austrian Open in Innsbruck at the end of this month and then Great Britain's team will be announced.

Jeamy's gold medal at the 2014 Spanish Open follows a win at at the Keumgang Open in Belgium, and a quarter-final berth at the US Open, both of which happened last February.