Veras Academy brothers win medals at Belgium tournament

Left to right: Luca, Liam and Luan Veras with their medals at the Belgium Open Kumite Championships.

Left to right: Luca, Liam and Luan Veras with their medals at the Belgium Open Kumite Championships. Back: their father and coach, Sensei Raphael Veras - Credit: Archant

Brothers Luan and Luca Veras both overcame strong competition to pick up gold medals at the International Belgium Open Kumite Championships in Leuven.

Luan, 11, triumphed after six contests in the Under-12 33kg and over category, defeating a Belgian international to claim victory in the final and a gold medal.

Eight-year-old Luca followed suit with four straight successes in the Under-10 27kg and over section, also seeing off Belgian opposition in the final.

Their brother Liam, 10, had to settle for a bronze medal in the Under-12 33kg and under category, losing his semi-final 1-0 but qualifying for repercharge and recovering to win his next two fights.

A fourth member of the Islington-based Veras Academy, senior fighter Andras Tomas, also competed in Belgium, but he was unlucky to miss out on the medals in the 75kg and under section.


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For more information about Veras Academy, who train regularly at Ringcross Community Centre, visit www.verasacademy.co.uk or call 07886 495 135

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