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Gold medals for Dusard, McKay

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters

Nicholas Dusard and Jason McKay each won gold medals on Saturday at the third New York Legacy Cup as Jamaica's martial artists continue preparations for next month's US Open in Orlando, Florida.

Dusard, captain of Jamaica's combined martial arts team, maintained his good form on return from surgery, easily beating Dominican Republic's Walkin Adrev despite being at a disadvantage at the weight.

Dusard's victory followed his bronze medal won at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Jesolo, Italy, last month.

McKay, a former combined team captain, ensured Jamaica a second gold in the black belt division by defeating United States' Brian Hudov after getting past Ruben Peakev.

McKay advanced to the final on a TKO win after Peakev suffered an injury during an exchange that left him unable to continue.

Peakev's injury

He described Peakev's injury as "unfortunate" but was grateful to have won his first outing for the year.

"I am not sure of the extent of the injury but, up to that point, he was fighting very strong and I think points were even so the injury was unfortunate," McKay said.

Meanwhile, Dusard said he was in good shape and happy to be injury-free after two tournaments.

"I am happy to be on the circuit and I enjoyed the spirit of the fighter in the final. He was extremely strong and determined."

The New York Legacy Cup was held for the third year at ELMCOR Gymnasium in Corona, New York, staged by the National Taekwon-Do Association - International Taekwon-Do Federation (NTA-ITF) and The Legacy Taekwon-Do Center.

The tournament hosted competitors from affiliated schools throughout the United States and members of ITF-allied organisations.