‘Referee was biased’ Team GB’s Walkden blasts Tokyo 2020 officials for taekwondo defeat 

Earlier this week, Team GB star Bianca Walkden bowed out of the Women’s +67kg taekwondo competition with a bronze medal following a last-second defeat at the hands of South Korea’s Lee Da-bin. With just one second left on the clock during their bout in Tokyo, Japan, Bianca was in the lead but a head kick from Lee meant it was the South Korean who would be competing for gold instead. Bianca has now returned home and spoke to Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford and Charlotte Hawkins about the experience – and she didn’t hold back about some of the refereeing decisions.

Recalling her time in Tokyo, Bianca began to Charlotte and Alex: “In my semi-final, I had an intense fight with (South) Korea.”

Taking aim at the officials’ decisions, the Team GB star continued: “It wasn’t really going my way, the referee was a little bit biased I think.

“I finally got it back to 25-23 and I had three seconds left and I was always gonna attack, I was never gonna go back, I was always going to attack.

“Then at the end, I got grabbed and got a crescent to the head which made it an extra point for her and then the match was over.”

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“But, just to be there and give ourselves, all the athletes a chance to become an Olympian and give our heart and soul on the mat and fight for our sport, it’s just a great chance.

“And the fact I’ve come home again with another Olympic medal, a nice shiny one, I couldn’t be more proud.

“I just wish it was a bit more shiny but to say I’ve done it now and come back with two Olympic medals is fantastic.”

While she may have missed out on gold in Tokyo, Bianca was still full of hope for Paris 2024 after Charlotte asked if she’d be competing.

“Yeah, it’s only three years away, everyone’s asking the same question,” Bianca said as she let out a giant smile.

“If I’ve got a shot, why not? I may as well take it and hopefully, you’ll see me in three years with a gold medal.”

The rest of Team GB taking part at the Olympic Games can be watched across the BBC for the rest of the competition.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

Published at Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:39:36 +0000

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