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Ja bag five gold in Africa Cup

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters

JAMAICA on Saturday won five gold medals in as many divisions entered at the International Taekwon-Do Federation's (ITF) African Taekwon-Do Cup in Pretoria, South Africa.

Olympian Kenneth Edwards and Subrina Richards, Jamaica's top-ranked male and female fighters, respectively, led the way for Akino Lindsay, Tashauna Grannum and Tye McKay to complete a rich haul at the tournament, which featured strong rivals from the home team, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.

Jamaica left their medal-laden mark on the tournament, which is among the events marking the 60th anniversary of tae kwon do.

Edwards thrilled the audience in his annihilation of South Africa's Gert Ungerher, -85 kg male sparring, setting the stage for high schooler Akino Lindsay of Hydel to stop Mozambique's Jose Delanie in +85 kg male sparring.

Fighting in his final tournament as a red belt, Lindsay picked up back-to-back gold medals following his victory at home in last year's ITF World Cup in Montego Bay.

Another Jamaican high schooler, Merl Grove's Subrina Richards, confirmed her rank as the island's top female fighter by outclassing South Africa's Bronwen Bradley in black belt light weight action to open her 2015 international season on a high.

Meanwhile, Tashauna Grannum announced her return from injury, stepping into the ring an hour after a 14-hour flight, to easily beat South Africa's Jenine Hutchinson in the middleweight black belt final.

Calabar's Tye McKay, Jamaica's sole practitioner in patterns, took gold in his pet event, beating Job Abnerio Chiote of Mozambique.