Carronshore’s Jordyn is European champion

Jordyn Smith (14) is a European Taekwondo champion
Jordyn Smith (14) is a European Taekwondo champion
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Jordyn Smith came back from the brink and overcame two deficits to bring the European Taekwondo championship home to Carronshore.

The 14-year-old won the female -33kg division title - the first ever Scottish Taekwondo athlete to conquer the continent.

That owas probably my most important head shot in my career because the European title is the biggest one I have won

Jordyn Smith

In both her quarter-final match and the final she trailed on points before crucial point-scoring head shots handed her victory.

The Central Academy member told The Falkirk Herald: “I was losing in the final with only 18 seconds left, but I got some important shots in and that took my points up.

“It was 2-0 but I came back with six points to win.

“In the earlier round it was similar, I was a point behind at 6-5 but I scored three points with a head-shot to win.

“That one was probably my most important head shot in my career because the European title is the biggest one I have won.”

She will head to the World Championships in Korea later this year as one of the favourites following her success in Strasbourg.

“I probably will be seen as one of the favourites,” she added.

“But I have to put this win to the back of my mind. I won’t forget about it but I’ll use it for confidence going into the worlds.

“It maybe puts a wee bit of pressure on but it’s good pressure to have if I use it the right way.”