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Charleston Academy pupil wins three kickboxing titles at tournament in Amsterdam

By Andrew Henderson

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Aidan Lennan won three titles at the Yokoso Open in Amsterdam.
Aidan Lennan won three titles at the Yokoso Open in Amsterdam.

KICKBOXER Aidan Lennan tasted success on the continental stage last weekend by taking three titles home from the Yokoso Dutch Open in Amsterdam – including a grand champion gold medal.

Athletes from across Europe and America descended on the Dutch capital in the hope of winning medals, and Lennan kicked the weekend off in style.

The grand champion competition was an open weight points category separated by age group, but Lennan showed no fear on his way to the final.

There, the 16-year-old came up against heavier Bulgarian number one Kayolan Traykov – and beat him to become the grand champion winner.

Back in his usual under-63kg category, Lennan competed in the junior under-19s points fighting competition, this time having to settle for silver after losing out to fellow British athlete Ryan Evans.

Lennan was not done yet, though, picking up two more gold medals before travelling back to the Highlands.

The Charleston Academy pupil – studying for his highers at school this year – triumphed in both the light contact and kick light categories, beating a German fighter in the former and a Greek fighter in the latter.

“It was one of the best competitions I’ve been to and I’m looking forward to going back next year,” Lennan said.

“I have to thank my clubs and sponsors for helping me get here.”

Next up for Lennan is training with the British squad in Livingston ahead of the WAKO Scottish Championships in Edinbrugh on April 14.

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