2011 London International Taekwondo Invitational

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) battles with Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on left, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) battles with Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on left, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

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3rd and 4th December 2011 – London, Great Britain

Aaron Cook took the gold medal in the men’s under 80kg category at the London International Invitational Taekwondo Tournament sweeping aside competition from the reigning men’s under 87kg world champion, Iran’s Yousef Karami, along the way.

Denied the chance to fight Ramin Azizov in the final because of an injury sustained by the Azerbaijan during his previous match against Korea’s Sang-Bin Lee, Cook was declared the winner having earlier secured his place with an offensive kick in sudden death which gave him victory over Spain’s Nicolas Garcia.

The event held at the cities ExCel Arena also served as the sports test event ahead of next years Olympic Games.

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Yousef Karami (IRI) (on left, in blue) battles with Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) during their men's -80kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Yousef Karami (IRI) (on left, in blue) battles with Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) during their men's -80kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

Men -80kg      
    
Gold Aaron Cook (GBR)       
Silver Ramin Azizov (AZE)   
Bronze Alberto Celestrin (GER)
Bronze Yousef Karami (IRI)

 
Men -68kg

Gold Mohammad Moatamed-Bagheri (IRI)
Silver   Milad Ashna (SWE)
Bronze Amine Manai (FRA)
Bronze Erick Osornio Nunez (MEX)

 
Women +67kg 
    
Gold Gwladys Epangue (FRA)
Silver Anastasia Baryshnikova (RUS)
Bronze Hye-Mi Park (KOR)
Bronze Federica del Coco (ITA)

 
Women-49kg  
    
Gold Shu-Chun Yang (TPE)
Silver Yasmina Aziez (FRA)
Bronze Brigitte Yague (ESP)
Bronze Chynea Lang (AUS)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (in red) is declared winner of the men's -80kg category after his opponent, Ramin Azizov (AZE), was unable to contest the final of the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (in red) is declared winner of the men's -80kg category after his opponent, Ramin Azizov (AZE), was unable to contest the final of the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on left, in red) launches an attack on Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on left, in red) launches an attack on Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on left, in red) aims a kick at Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on left, in red) aims a kick at Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on left, in red) aims a kick at Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on left, in red) aims a kick at Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) celebrates beating Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on left, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) celebrates beating Nicolas Garcia (ESP) (on left, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) recovers after beating Yousef Karami (IRI) during their men's -80kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) recovers after beating Yousef Karami (IRI) during their men's -80kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) tries to strike Yousef Karami (IRI) (on left, in blue) during their men's -80kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) (on right, in red) tries to strike Yousef Karami (IRI) (on left, in blue) during their men's -80kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) walks to the mat during his men's -80kg category preliminary round contest against Gianluca D'Alessandrio (ITA) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Aaron Cook (GBR) walks to the mat during his men's -80kg category preliminary round contest against Gianluca D'Alessandrio (ITA) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sang-Bin Lee (KOR) (on left, in red) battles with Ramin Azizov (AZE) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sang-Bin Lee (KOR) (on left, in red) battles with Ramin Azizov (AZE) (on right, in blue) during their men's -80kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Ramin Azizov (AZE) recovers during his men's -80kg category semi final contest with Sang-Bin Lee (KOR) at the  London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Ramin Azizov (AZE) recovers during his men's -80kg category semi final contest with Sang-Bin Lee (KOR) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - The coach of Azerbaijan's Ramin Azizov (AZE) holds his head as he watches his competitor receive treatment during his men's -80kg category semi final contest with Sang-Bin Lee (KOR) at the  London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - The coach of Azerbaijan's Ramin Azizov (AZE) holds his head as he watches his competitor receive treatment during his men's -80kg category semi final contest with Sang-Bin Lee (KOR) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Yousef Karami (IRI) (in blue, on right) tries to strike Sen Qiao (CHN) during their men's -80kg category  preliminary round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Yousef Karami (IRI) (in blue, on right) tries to strike Sen Qiao (CHN) during their men's -80kg category preliminary round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Gwladys Epangue (FRA) (on left, in blue) looks for an opening to attack Sae-Bom An (KOR) during their women's +67kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Gwladys Epangue (FRA) (on left, in blue) looks for an opening to attack Sae-Bom An (KOR) during their women's +67kg category semi final contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A medic attends Gwladys Epangue (FRA) (in blue), as her coach looks on, during the women's +67kg category final against Anastasia Baryshnikova (RUS) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - A medic attends Gwladys Epangue (FRA) (in blue), as her coach looks on, during the women's +67kg category final against Anastasia Baryshnikova (RUS) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Hye-Mi Park (KOR) prepares for the start of her women's +67kg category contest against Maeva Mellier (FRA) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Hye-Mi Park (KOR) prepares for the start of her women's +67kg category contest against Maeva Mellier (FRA) at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Injong Lee (KOR) (in red, on right) tries to evade the foot of Hye-Mi Park (KOR) (in blue, on left) during their women's +67kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Injong Lee (KOR) (in red, on right) tries to evade the foot of Hye-Mi Park (KOR) (in blue, on left) during their women's +67kg category quarter final round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sae-Bom Anh (KOR) (in blue, on right) moves to avoid the foot of her opponent Akram Khodabandeh (IRI) (in red, on left) during their women's +67kg category preliminary round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sae-Bom Anh (KOR) (in blue, on right) moves to avoid the foot of her opponent Akram Khodabandeh (IRI) (in red, on left) during their women's +67kg category preliminary round contest at the London International Taekwondo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

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