Middlesex University student Lutalo Muhammad secured his first British title at the National Taekwondo Championships in Manchester.
The Sports Science student was competing on home soil for the first time since he won bronze in the London 2012 Olympics
He was in imperious form, winning the -87kg title by dropping less than 10-points in four fights.
"I just had a good day,” said Lutalo. “I was really hungry for the title, really went for it, and the result went my way.
“I’ve kind of done things in reverse; winning a major title [the European Championships] first and then getting my national title. But I’m very happy to finally get it in my bucket list.”
Lutalo is now focusing on the inaugural World Taekwondo Grand Prix in December. There will be three further Grand Prix events ahead of a Grand Final in 2014. The results from each competition will count towards qualification for the 2016 Games in Rio.
“The inaugural Grand Prix will be held in Manchester. If I win, I'm taking a big step to the Olympics. Winning a bronze last year was good but it wasn't the colour I wanted, so I'm gunning for gold in Rio.”
The last couple of years Lutalo’s been busy training in Manchester and coming to London to study at Middlesex, so the flexibility provided by the University has been key: “I’ve had a busy couple of years and Middlesex has always supported me,” said Lutalo.
“I’m very proud to be a Middlesex student. When I compete - both domestically and aboard - I feel like I’m representing my country and my University.”