Best-ever 11 medals for Jamaica at ISKA World Champs
JAMAICA yesterday closed the International Sports Kickboxing Association's (ISKA) World Championship with their richest ever haul, 11 medals, adding six silver and two bronze in Portimao, Algarve, Portugal.
Following Subrina Richards and Akino Lindsay's gold medals, in addition to Greagon Taylor's debut silver over the first three days, Jamaica closed the final day with a flurry.
Team captain Kevin Brown and Delano Francis each bagged two silver. They were joined by female fighter Marissa Jones, who won a silver and bronze. Richards also won a silver on the final day.
Calabar High schoolboy Tye McKay also won bronze for the Jamaicans, who return to the island tomorrow.
Coach Jason McKay was full of praise for the entire squad and was especially heartened by silver medals picked up by Taylor and Brown.
"Brown almost had a gold, after defeating Rob Lack from England, but went down in a close final to Matheus Jutglar from Germany," he pointed out.
"Taylor, in his first world tournament, following in the steps of traditionally tough seido karate fighters, defeated Ukrainian fighter Named Alejandro Rivas before going down to teammate Lindsay in the final," McKay added.
Jamaica's squad had seven athletes, followed by Iran with six. The island's martial artists first attended the ISKA World Champs in Holland 2012. Oshane Murray won gold. Jason McKay, Nicholas Dussard and Adrian Moore took home bronze.
The following year, in Cyprus, Jamaica stepped up their game as Dussard won gold, beating Kevin Brown for silver.
Danielle Chang won silver for the females. Kenneth Edwards was Jamaica's sole representative in Barcelona last year where he won gold.