Aaron Cook at International Austria Open 2011.
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Aaron Arthur Cook (born 2 January 1991 in Dorchester, Dorset, England) is a British taekwondo athlete who has been ranked the world no. 1 in the men’s −80 kg division on multiple occasions. He is a three-time European champion having won the −80 kg title at the European Taekwondo Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and was the world junior champion in the −78 kg division in 2008.
He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he reached the semi-final and was narrowly defeated in the bronze medal match. He was controversially left out of the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London despite being the world no. 1-ranked competitor in the −80 kg division when the British Taekwondo Control Board instead selected Lutalo Muhammad (who was ranked world no. 59 in −80 kg and world no. 7 in −87 kg). Following this, Cook moved to the Isle of Man. He has represented the Isle of Man instead of Great Britain in international tournaments since February 2013.
Cook attended Manor Park First School, St. Osmund’s Middle School and the Thomas Hardye School (all in Dorchester). He left school without completing his GCSE examinations in order to focus on his career as an international taekwondo competitor. (He has said that he intends to return to full-time education once his fighting career is over.)
Following his omission from the British Olympic team, Cook decided to move to the Isle of Man. He now represents the Isle of Man instead of Great Britain in international competitions. (Athletes from the Isle of Man are eligible to represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games, however, so he could still potentially be on the British team for the 2016 Olympic Games.)
Cook represented the Isle of Man for the first time at the 2013 Swedish Open, going on to win the gold medal in the −80 kg category.
Competing for the Isle of Man, Cook won the gold medal at the Pan American Open in Mexico in 2013 by beating Beat Mexico 15-3, Canada 16-4, USA 14-5 and Costa Rica in final 12-3. He was also awarded best fighter in the tournament.
At the end of 2013, Cook again regained the world no. 1 ranking in the −80 kg division.
In 2014, Cook won the −80 kg title at the European Championships for the third time, beating Britain’s Damon Sansum in the final.