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Robb takes gold at Meadowbank

East Lothian fighter Calum Robb claimed European gold on home soil at the weekend, comprehensively defeating Frenchman Cedric Kozlowski 4-1 in the final.  Robb used his superior reach to frustrate and out-score his opponent to take the Championship.

The 37th European Wado Cup was held at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, only the second time the event has ever been held in Scotland. The Championships are contested by fighter from the ‘Wado Kai’ style of karate and 18 countries sent teams to compete.

Robb, 24 from Haddington, was selected to fight in individual events of the Heavyweight and Open categories, and also to Captain the five-man Scottish team.

In the Open category, which is open to fighters of all weights, Calum progressed easily to the final, again encountering a French fighter, Adama Bagayoko.

On this occasion the contest was much closer.  Robb attempted to score with a head punch, but the blow landed heavily causing a laceration to his opponent’s mouth, resulting in Robb’s disqualification for excessive contact.

In the five-man team event, Scotland met their end against Germany in the semi-final, earning bronze medals for their efforts.   



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