A karate champion has set her sights on a world title after winning her third successive gold in the British Karate Federation 4 Nations Championships.
Black belt Chloe Lydon, 17, who trains at the Martial Arts Academy at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, took the title at Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield in May.
The annual tournament includes fighters from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Chloe said: “It was a good fight and one I needed to win, as the selections for the World Championships are coming up in July.
“My opponent was a very good fighter. It was a very technical fight and quite tight between us.
“She held out for quite a while, but then she made a mistake and I saw an opening and capitalised on it to win.”
Chloe’s win follows her gaining a third successive gold in the English Karate Federation National Championships, and another gold in the French International Open Championships earlier this year.
The World Karate Championship is set to take place in Tenerife in October.
Chloe is studying for a Sport and Exercise Science Diploma Level 3 at CONEL, where she is coached at its Martial Arts Academy by current World Champion Jordan Thomas.
Jordan said: “Chloe was destined to win this title after becoming English champion in April, and is now focussing on the World Championships.
“As an international athlete myself, I know what It takes to get to this level. Chloe has a hard working attitude, she’s always on time and never misses a session.
“For her to achieve what she has at such a young age is incredible. I am very proud of her and she clearly has a big future in the sport.”
- Last Updated: 19 June 2017