Edwards blames himself for loss
Jamaica's Kenneth Edwards is pointing a finger at himself after he was eliminated from the men's over-80kg tae kwon do event at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, yesterday.
Edwards scored an easy win over Guyana's David Rajjab in his first bout early yesterday morning, but two hours later, he was out of the competition after losing heavily to Canada's François Coulombe.
"I was expecting a little better from myself, as I came into the Pan American Games pretty confident," Edwards said.
In his opening contest, Edwards was all over Rajjab in the first and second rounds. In the third round, he had the Guyanese in deep trouble and the referee stopped the contest with Rajjab bleeding from the nose and the Jamaican leading 12-6.
"It was easy for me," Edwards said. "I was composed throughout and scored well with a couple of head shots."
He was to prove no match for Canada's Coulombe in his next contest after his opening win put him in the quarter-finals. The Canadian won 15-3.
The Jamaica champion said he became frustrated after his opponent was allowed to score with an 'illegal head shot', which put him up 4-0 at the end of the first round.
Edwards registered few hits in the second round, but was well behind when the third round started.
"I was going after the head quite a lot in the third round because I was behind on points and head shots are worth three points, but I made a few mistakes and he continued to score," a disappointed Edwards said.
Jamaica's second representative, Nicholas Dussard, was eliminated from the under-68kg event on Sunday after he lost 8-5 to Brazil's Diogo DaSilva.
The members of the tae kwon do team here will return home today.
Meanwhile, the men's beach volleyballers, Dellan Brown and Namari Gordon, went down in straight sets to an Argentina pair yesterday, their second defeat in two days. Playing in Pool C, the Jamaicans were first beaten 21-11, 21-13 by Puerto Rican duo Robert Rodriquez and Christopher Underwood on Monday, before going down 21-13, 21-9 to Argentinians Pablo Suarez and Santiago Etchegaray yesterday. They will oppose Guatemalan pair, Andy Blanco and Erick Garrido, today at 10 a.m.
Shaun Barnes was ranked at 26th of 28 shooters at the end of Day One of men's trap shooting qualification. After the completed three rounds, Barnes had a score of 64 (23, 21 and 20). The joint leaders are Dominican Republic's Sergio Pinero and Jean Brol of Guatemala on 74.