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The opening day for the Grand Prix saw a good start for the GB team with both Mahama Cho and Bianca Walkden collecting bronze medals, unfortunately a knee injury to Walkden in her semi-final marred a positive start to the tournament.
The wait continues for Olympic champion Jade Jones who was unable to secure a World Grand Prix gold medal. This was mimicked by Great Britain’s last three competitors who also finished empty handed on the final day of the competition in China. Despite defeat, Jones collected valuable ranking points for Rio 2016 and will aim to improve on this at the next Grand Prix in Kazakhstan this August.
Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad had hoped to replicate his past World Grand Prix success after winning at the inaugural tournament in Manchester. Muhammad had started well; however trailing 7-5 he piled on the pressure but unfortunately was unable to claw back a victory.
Overall the GB team finished with two bronze medals for Mahama Cho and Bianca Walkden while Aaron Cook, representing the Isle of Man, won gold in the -80kg weight division. The GB squad will now be making presentations in readiness for the forthcoming Korean Open.