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Taekwondo: Great Britain athlete Christian McNeish wins fourth gold in a row and beams with pride as sister Isobella also secures silver

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54 04 April 2018

Christian and Isobella McNeish show off their medals from the President's Cup (pic: Christian McNeish).

Christian and Isobella McNeish show off their medals from the President's Cup (pic: Christian McNeish).

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The former St Bonaventure’s pupils impressed in Morocco last weekend while competing at the President’s Cup

The Easter weekend proved to be a fantastic one for the McNeish family after both talented Great Britain athletes secured medals at the President’s Cup.

Christian McNeish, the oldest of the siblings, sealed another gold at the taekwondo tournament in Morocco while younger sister Isobella claimed a silver medal.

It left the family full of pride after a successful Saturday with both GB stars continuing to enjoy the 2018 season to date.

“Thanks to everyone for the continued support,” Christian McNeish tweeted after the victory.

“A massive well done to my little sister on winning a silver medal at a G2 event. I’m a proud brother.”

Both siblings secured a medal by winning their semi-finals in identical fashion too – delivering a winning punch on the golden point – in Morocco.

Christian McNeish came into the President’s Cup with plenty of confidence and belief after a successful few months.

The Plaistow-born athlete had claimed gold medal wins at the 2017 French Open, 2018 US Open and 2018 Sofia Open and went into this competition targeting a fourth straight victory.

He started strongly too with a 32-6 success on points gap at the end of the second round of his match in the round of 32 and Isobella followed him into the last-16 with a 14-11 victory.

Isobella showed her quality in the round of 16 contest with an excellent 21-9 win over Olympian Raheleh Asemani of Belgium.

Christian joined her in the quarter-finals after seeing off Brazilian rival Edival Pontes 22-19 in the last-16.

The youngest McNeish made it through to the semi-finals with another brilliant display as she defeated Canada’s Andrea Jerom 16-8 in their last-eight contest.

Christian followed in her footsteps and both then won in the semi-finals with a winning punch – Christian defeated Javier Perez Polo, of Spain, 12-11 while Isobella triumphed by the same score against Germany’s Anna-Lena Fromming.

Isobella’s winning run came to an end in the final as she lost out to Bruna Vuletic, of Croatia, but she could be extremely proud of her efforts in collecting silver.

Old brother Christian was able to go one better as the former St Bonaventure’s pupil, dubbed Mr Consistent, defeated team-mate Bradley Sinden 17-1 to claim gold.

It capped a memorable day for the McNeish family and surely even more success is on the horizon.


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