LINKS Karate duo Charlotte Hope and Mitchell Thorpe are celebrating after winning medals at the Karate World Championships, in Tenerife.

The pair, along with clubmate Ethan Day, were selected by the English Karate Federation - the governing body for karate in England - to represent their country at the Cadet, Junior and Under-21 event.

Clacton's Thorpe has won silver and bronzes at European Championships so hopes were high that he would be able to add a World medal.

He was on top form, reaching the final and securing a silver medal in the Under-21 male -75kg category.

Hope, also from Clacton, produced an outstanding performance, fighting her way through to the semi-finals before losing out in a close match.

This gave her the chance to fight for the bronze medal.

Hope rose to the challenge, winning the bout and becoming a world bronze medallist in the female junior -59kg category.

Day, a student at Tendring Technology College, was selected for the first time to represent his country in the male 14 to 15 years -53kg category.

He went through three rounds - a great achievement - but did not medal on this occasion.

However, he showed real potential for future events.

"We are very proud of these talented, dedicated young people and wish them continued success at future events," said Links Sensei Paul Harris.

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