Ainsley Walters,Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's martial artists stamped their class at the New York Taekwon-do Open on Sunday, returning home with two gold and a silver after dominating action in Queens for a second straight year.
Nicholas Dussard and Philip McDowell won light and heavyweight gold medals, respectively, whereas Ashieka Dyer went down in a thriller for silver.
Team captain Jason McKay, in what was reported to be his best performance of the year, was stopped by eventual masters champion Federico Gonzalez, the hometown favourite, whom he floored twice but failed to get the judges' nod
"As sportsmen, we don't argue results. The judges pick and we accept their call," said McKay, who had also lost a close bout to the American in 2011.
McDowell, in his second international since joining the combined martial arts team, won gold after getting past US champion George Kayumov.
Dyer, hunting her fourth consecutive international gold this season, lost narrowly to Canadian Chelsea Stone.
Dussard skipped through his division with ease and beat former world champion Emanuel Carlos to rule the lightweight roost.
Primed and ready for this month's International Taekwon-do Federation World Championships in Benidorm, Spain, Dussard said he was pleased with his progress and remains focused on the big prize.
"I expected to win in New York and did so convincingly. I have already looked past that and am entirely focused on Spain," he said.
Jamaica historically medalled at the ITF World Champs in New Zealand in 2011, when Alrick Wanliss and Sheckema Cunningham both won bronze.