Bittersweet day at ITF World Cup
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
JAMAICA were left celebrating a whopping 36 medals overall amid the disappointment of their top black belts being denied gold by Canada and the United States in Ring 3 on yesterday's third day of the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Cup at Montego Bay's Convention Centre.
However, with junior black belt Subrina Richards going for gold in the 15-17 sparring final, -55kg, on last night's gala night and team-sparring events down for today's fourth and final day, spirits were still high in the Jamaican camp.
Jamaica bagged 17 medals on the third day - six gold, five silver and six bronze - but Ring 3 held no luck for Olympian Kenneth Edwards, Scott Wright and the microweight trio of Alrick Wanliss Jr, Ackeem Lawrence and Sheckema Cunningham.
Wright and Edwards were eliminated by Canada's Aziz Abdellahi in quarter and semi-final action, respectively, of -78kg black belt sparring after impressing in earlier bouts.
Wright sailed into the quarter-final with a vicious turning kick to the midriff of Erik Heggem, leaving the Norwe-gian unable to continue in overtime.
Facing Abdellahi, Wright rallied from 4-0 down to lead 2-1 with 30 seconds left on the clock. However, the wily Canadian reversed the score and used the last 20 seconds to twice hop out of the ring with Wright in pursuit.
Against Edwards, Abdellahi trailed, but again used ring craft to grab the lead and secured a spot in the final, leaving the Jamaican to settle for bronze.
Microweights Lawrence and Wanliss Jr seemed set for a Jamaica 1-2 before they were picked off by Canada's Maxime Bujold in the semi-final and final, respectively, of -57kg sparring. The result left the Jamaicans holding bronze and silver.
Female microweights Cunning-ham and Marissa Jones both crashed out of their -50kg divisions at the first round, going down in rings 3 and 2, respectively.
Nicholas Dussard got past Argentina's Matias Bustamante and Slava Pak in Ring 7, but was beaten in the quarter-final by his nemesis, former ITF world champion Julio Carlos of the United States. The Jamaican was hobbled against Carlos as his shoulder was twice dislocated in his previous bout.
Ring 7 did reap medals for Jamaica as Richards reached the final of the -55kg junior black belt female division in which Jasmine Barrows picked up bronze.
Other medals won:
- David Hall - silver - 36-45, black belt special technique breaking
- Richard Stone - gold - 18-35, -78kg, coloured belt sparring
- Yekini Wallen-Bryan - silver - 18-35, -78kg, coloured belt sparring
- Kenneil Reid - gold - 18-35, -70kg, coloured belt sparring
- Jason Williams - bronze - 18-35, -70kg, coloured belt sparring
- Alana Pennant and Zachary Parchment - bronze - 15-17 pre-arranged sparring
- Akino Lindsay - gold - 18-35, -85kg, coloured belt sparring
- Donelle Stewart - silver - 18-35, -85kg, coloured belt sparring
- Rasean Martin - gold - 18-35, +85kg, coloured belt sparring
- Javor Scott - silver - 18-35, +85kg, coloured belt sparring
- Deshaun McKenzie - gold - 18-35, -57kg, coloured belt sparring
- Omar Williamson - bronze - 18-35, -57kg, coloured belt sparring
- Alexia Webb - gold - 15-17, -50kg, coloured belt sparring