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Richards wins ISKA gold in Portugal

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters
Subrina Richards

MERL GROVE HIGH schoolgirl Subrina Richards yesterday became the first Jamaican female to win an International Sports Kickboxing Association gold medal, beating England's Lianna Jones in the lightweight final in in Portimao, Portugal.

The 18-year-old sixth-former won a close semi-final against another English girl, Rebecca Wilson, to reach the final where she became one of the youngest to have won the most coveted female weight division.

Against Jones, Richards used her long reach and speed to plow into her English rival. The victory was sweet for Richards who narrowly lost the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Cup lightweight final at home last August.

Coach Jason McKay said he had predicted that it was only a matter of time before Richards struck a world gold.

"She is s solid fighter who showed her true grit in the toughest world tournament in stand-up fighting," he said, pointing out that the 18-year-old would have been on target for two world championships this year were it not for external examinations.

"It's only a pity that she can't make the ITF World Championships set for May 27-31. She won gold at the recent African Taekwon-Do Cup in Pretoria, South Africa, before coming here. However, she has to be at school late May," he said.