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Taekwondo star Martin Stamper wins gold at German Open

The World Championships will be held in South Korea in May

Martin Stamper has given his chances of selection for May's 2011 World Championships a boost after taking gold at the German Open in Hamburg.

Stamper, from Liverpool, beat Turkey's double European champion Servet Tazegul 17-11 in the -68kg division final.

"It's up to the selectors now but hopefully I have done enough," the 24-year-old said afterwards.

World number one Aaron Cook suffered an early exit, though, losing his opening fight to Ramin Azizov.

Cook, from Dorset, let a six point lead slip in the last minute to lose 13-12 to the Azerbaijani in the -80kg class.

Stamper was disappointed to miss out on a place at the 2008 Olympics when his -62kg class was not included in the programme but he has since stepped up a weight category.

Having won the US Open three weeks ago, he was again commanding in his final against 2008 Olympic and 2009 World Championship bronze medallist Tazegul.

"Tazegul is one of the top two or three players in this weight and I've always wanted to fight him," Stamper said.

"I've seen other players give him too much respect.

"But we have similar styles and there were plenty of kicks. It was an amazing atmosphere because so many people came to watch him fight.

"I've beaten a lot of the best players in the world in the last two tournaments and that's given me great confidence."

Having now won his last 13 fights, Stamper now looks to be in pole position for selection to the World Championships in Gyeongju, South Korea.

"It's a massive result for me," he added. "My main aim was to come here and try to qualify for the World Championships."

Stamper, who was the only British fighter to win a medal on the opening day of competition, won praise from GB Performance Director Gary Hall.

Hall said: "To come here and work through a world-class field in the manner he did, beating the European Champion in the final, says a lot about his character and commitment."

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