Amateur | Issue | Premium | Sep 10 2019

‘I froze. I didn’t throw a shot for two rounds.’ Karriss Artingstall comes back with a vengeance

Karriss Artingstall won a European silver medal at the perfect time
Karriss Artingstall

FOR Karriss Artingstall her European silver medal could not have come at a better time. Her division, 57kgs, is a competitive weight class in the UK. The women’s World championships are next month with Olympic qualifying and an Olympic Games looming next year.

She therefore needed to make a mark at the European championships, particularly as her first experience at a major tournament last year had ended in an abrupt defeat. “I got beat in the prelims [previously in the Europeans], so definitely a progression from last time,” she said. “It’s not even just the fact that my boxing’s come on, I’ve come out of my shell a lot. Last year when I competed at the Europeans I just froze. I didn’t throw a shot for two rounds. I don’t know what happened to me. I think just stepping up to that stage took its toll on me a little bit.”

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