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68 medals for Jamaica

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 12:47 AMAinsley Walters
Jamaica combined martial arts team's Richard Stone (right) poses after beating Germany's Rafael Schafer (second left) in the 170-184 male black belt clash sparring division at the International Sports Karate Association United States Open.

Jamaica last night amassed 68 medals ­ 21 gold, 20 silver, and 27 bronze ­ at the International Sports Karate Association United States Open at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Jamaica combined martial arts team light heavyweight Richard Stone won the country’s final gold medal, defeating Germany’s Rafael Schafer in the male 170-184 black belt clash-sparring division, a sweet victory for the University of the West Indies student.

Stone had narrowly lost the continuous sparring title late Friday evening to England’s Chris Matthews, forced to fight back-to-back bouts, with a two-minute rest between, after winning his semi-final, whereas the Englishman was well rested from semi-final one.

Stone ended the weekend with three medals ­ gold, silver and a bronze ­ won in a three-man team fight. The male combined team members tallied two gold, two silver, and six bronze medal, but endured a heartbreaking decision in the final match on Saturday.

Akino Lindsay totally outclassed his rival in the 185 and upwards male black belt clash-sparring division and had gold written all over his big frame before taking the mat against South Africa’s Ruehan van Romburgh, who had steamrollered his way into the final.


Lindsay proceeded to use his superior reach and ring skills to pummel his rival, which first brought out a warning from the umpire after the South African had to call time out for a bloodied nose. After the resumption, van Romburgh rushed Lindsay, but was no match and was knocked out by the powerful Jamaican.

The umpire conferred with the corner judges and disqualified Lindsay for excessive contact while van Romburgh laid prone on the mat. However, on recovering, the South African extended a sportsmanlike gesture to Lindsay asking the umpire not to disqualify the Jamaican, who was instead awarded silver.