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Another gold for Ja at ISKA Champs

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters
Jamaica’s Akino Lindsay with his gold medal at the International Sports Kick-boxing Association’s World Championships in Portimao, Portugal yesterday.

AKINO LINDSAY yesterday handed Jamaica their second gold medal on day three of the International Sports Kickboxing Association's (ISKA) World Championships in Portimao, Portugal.

Lindsay, an 18-year-old Hydel Group of Schools student, is the second Jamaican high schooler to mine gold at the championships following Merl Grove's Subrina Richards winning the adult female lightweight title on day one.

A rising star, Lindsay defeated Ukraine's Hakan Syl in semi-final action before facing Seido Karate Jamaican teammate Greagon Taylor in the final.

Tailor, in his first tour as a member of Jamaica's combined martial arts team, had defeated Ukranian Alejandro Rivas in their semi.

At 18, Lindsay is the fourth Jamaican male to hold an ISKA world title since 2012. However, he is the youngest to have achieved the feat, edging Oshane Murray who had won as a 19-year-old.

Lindsay now joins Murray, Holland, 2012; Nicholas Dusard, Cyprus, 2013; and Olympian Kenneth Edwards, Barcelona, Spain, 2014, as Jamaican ISKA world champions.

Jamaica are expected to reap more medals on day four, looking to the likes of Kevin Brown, Marissa Jones and Calabar schoolboy Tye McKay.