Taekwondo: Great Britain’s Christian McNeish ‘coming into best form’ ahead of World Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 June 2017

Christian McNeish (blue) in action (pic: GB Taekwondo)

Christian McNeish (blue) in action (pic: GB Taekwondo)


Former St Bonaventure’s pupil is looking forward to tournament in South Korea after winning gold at Moldova Open recently

Christian McNeish feels he is hitting peak form at just the right time ahead of the World Taekwondo Championships, which take place in South Korea on June 22.

The Plaistow athlete has been impressive throughout 2017 and won gold last time out at the Moldova Open.

Before success in Ciorescu, McNeish had claimed silver at the Belgium Open and German Open too.

It has been an encouraging year so far, but the former St Bonaventure’s pupil is ready to put in more hard work later this month.

McNeish said: “I guess I am coming into my best form, but I don’t want to peak too early, so I am not taking anything for granted.

“I was sick of getting silvers, so it was great to win at the Moldova Open and I am learning all the time.

“At the last tournament I fought with a quicker pace and it was hard, but it definitely benefited me and helped.

“That was how I used to fight, so I feel I am getting back to what I was like when I was younger, so that’s good.”

What has held McNeish back in the past has been injuries, with his back troubling him during 2016.

But the Great Britain fighter is feeling fresh and felt his showing in Moldova was his best for a long time.

After adjusting to life at -74 category, McNeish is eager to maintain his improvement in South Korea.

The World Championships start on Thursday week and run until June 30, and the 20-year-old’s optimistic.

McNeish added: “I do feel positive. I had a really good performance at my last event and won gold, so I am feeling more confident ahead of the World Champs.

“I think the Moldova Open was the best I have probably fought for a while, so I am just trying to make sure my preparation continues to go to plan to make sure I can perform to my best.”

The Plaistow fighter and his GB squad fly out to South Korea on Saturday and he will hope to return with another gold medal.

It will not be McNeish’s first time in the Far East and that should benefit the talented local fighter.

“We fly out to South Korea on Saturday. I have been there three or four times before,” said McNeish.

“I fought in a couple of junior events and have also had a training camp out there. I think I went there three times in one year actually.

“I do like it out there, but I did miss home back then. It is a good place to be and I am excited to get back out there.”

After winning gold in Moldova and silvers in Belgium, Germany and France recently, it is no surprise the Plaistow athlete is pain free.

He added: “I am feeling good and you don’t want to be going into an event feeling tired or with aches.

“My preparation has been great so far, so I am just looking forward to going out there and competing.”

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