André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Coming off the most successful season of his career and having fully recovered from an operation towards the back end of last year, taekwondo Olympian Kenneth Edwards is focusing on continuing his trail of success over the coming months.
Edwards became the first Jamaican to compete at the Olympic Games in the discipline, losing 4-6 in the 80+ KG first round to Asian champion and number six seed Liu Xiaobo despite a brave effort.
The 26-year-old also won a gold medal at the International Taekwondo Federation World Cup before spending his off-season recovering from ankle surgery in late October.
Continue his rise
Now back in training at his New Jersey base, Edwards is looking to continue his rise up the taekwondo ranks with the 21st World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Taekwondo Championships set for Puebla, Mexico, July 15-21.
Edwards told The Sunday Gleaner that he is still on a high from his experiences and success last year, but that he is confident of having similar results in the 2013 season.
"2012 was a tremendous year for me and a great one for the sport of martial arts taekwondo and I must say that there was a lot of work and sacrifice put in, also a lot of contribution from a lot of people; my coaches, management staff and the entire combined martial arts community has been great," said a grateful Edwards.
"Becoming a taekwondo Olympian was a great achievement and to go down into the year and capturing the Taekwondo World Cup championships, who could ask for a better year other than having a gold medal at the Olympics?" Edwards said.
Edwards, who stated that his 10-week rehabilitation has been positive, also believes he has enough time to get back in full shape, before the highly anticipated World Championships come around.
"2013 is looking very good. Having done my surgery and recovered well, I am back in training, and I am looking to have a great year. This is a World Championships year and I am looking to make an indelible mark in the sport," said Edwards.
"I did the surgery almost at the end of October and the surgeon gave me a 10-week schedule. That has gone very well and I am just getting ready to work myself back into top shape," Edwards added. "I definitely have enough time to get in top shape for the World Championships and I am looking forward to going there and doing well."
'2013 is looking very good. Having done my surgery and recovered well, I am back in training, and I am looking to have a great year. This is a World Championships year and I am looking to make an indelible mark in the sport.'