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Golden girl Ellen leads Irish medal rush at Worlds in Italy

Ellen Ince (inset) proved the star of the Irish Taekwond-do team when she successfully defended her 55kg junior sparring title at the World Taekwon-Do Championships in Jesolo, Italy.

Ince, a member of the Rivervalley club in Swords, beat Jenny Gluck of Germany for the title.

In the junior 56kg men's sparring final, Luke McGrath ended up beating his Ireland and Rivervalley team mate Rostick Ivanchuk for the gold medal.

There was also gold for Ireland in junior 62kg won by Dylan Murphy of Cork Taekwon-Do.

Senior middleweight produced another all-Ireland showdown, with Adam Shelley of Killester TKD narrowly beating the defending champion Dylan Fitzgibbon of Elite Martial Arts, Cork.

In patterns, Stephen Ryan of Quin took silver in the 4-6th section. The final medals of the week went to the senior men and women's sparring teams. The senior men's team beat Ukraine for the world title, while the women took bronze.