Moore dominates ISKA Open
ADRIAN MOORE yesterday led a near Jamaican domination of the male black belt, 169 and under division, in continuous sparring on day two of the International Sports Karate Association United States Open at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Moore won gold after he and his fellow combined martial arts team members, Ackeem Lawrence and Calabar schoolboy Trever Webb Jr all reached the semi-finals of the tough division.
Moore reached the final by getting past the much lighter Lawrence, setting up a showdown with a Guatemalan, who got the better of Webb 2-1 in semi-final two.
In the final, the Guatemalan didn't last long against Moore and retired hurt, handing the Jamaican gold.
At press time, Darron Harrison and Richard Stone both advanced to the semi-finals of the 170-185 male black belt division.
Earlier in the afternoon, Jamaica's high-school based martial artists and junior members of the combined martial arts team won three gold medals.
Tahj Hewitt beat fellow junior combined team member Damany Gayle to win gold in the 18 and over, advance, continuous sparring final for a Jamaican exacta.
The high school boys struck gold in the 14-15 intermediate and beginners division, St George's College's Ryan Johnson and Jamaica College's Justin Brown, emerging winners, respectively.
Silver medals were won by Pembroke Hall High's Britney Mitchell, (14-15 intermediate), Calabar's Lammani Johnson (14-15 beginners), Kingston College's Chrisanthony Daley (16-17 intermediate) and St George's College's Duncan Smith (16-17 black belt).
The high-schoolers also picked up four bronze medals.
The Wolmer's Boys' pair of Andre McGlashan (170 and above) and Ackeem Gordon (169 and below) both won bronze in 18 and over advance.
Calabar's Gabe Riley, 14-15 beginners, and Kingston College's Brandon Scott, 16-17, intermediate, closed out the high-schoolers continuous sparring medal tally with bronze medals as well.