Updated: Tuesday, 7th April 2020 @ 8:10am

Tameside taekwondo fighter Michael Harvey targeting world domination – starting with Swedish Open

Tameside taekwondo fighter Michael Harvey targeting world domination – starting with Swedish Open

By Steven Oldham 

Tameside’s Michael Harvey wants to make history by being Great Britain’s first male world champion in taekwondo. 

The -68kg fighter – born in Droyslden but now based in Mottram – has set himself the lofty target of winning the World Championships in Mexico in July, having won silver in the same competition in 2011.

Harvey, 23, is part of a 12-person Great Britain squad currently in Trelleborg for the Swedish Open that starts tomorrow. 

He said: “Getting silver in 2011 was a really good result, but I want to become the first male from Britain to become world champion.” 

Michael has previously been runner up in Sweden as a junior and is the current European Champion at the lighter weight of -63kg having won the title on home soil last year. 

However, -63kg is not one of GB Taekwondo’s selected weights for the Olympic Games, with an abundance of talent at -68kg level. 

As well as Harvey, London 2012 Olympian Martin Stamper, Jordan Gayle, George Lee and Jamie Abley are all part of the Manchester-based GB Taekwondo Academy’s elite programme at the same weight. 

He admitted: “"I was gutted to miss the Olympics. But it was always going to be a hard call because there is so much competition in our squad at -68kg. 

"I just had to deal with it and make sure it didn't affect me going on in the future.  I missed one but I am focused on the next Olympics.” 

Hopes are high of further success in Rio de Janeiro following GB Taekwondo’s best ever Olympics in London, with Jade Jones winning gold and Lutalo Muhammad picking up a bronze. 

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