Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
JAMAICA's martial artists arrived in Benidorm, Spain, weary and sleepy yesterday evening after 30 hours of travel from Kingston, which started 6:30 Monday morning.
The 11-member contingent landed at Alicante, Spain at approximately 3:45 p.m. yesterday (8:45 a.m. Jamaica time), from Dusseldorf, Germany, where they had arrived on the morning's red eye from Miami - a nine-hour flight.
Another hour and a half by road and the group finally arrived at its Hotel Marina Resort base and members quickly disappeared into their rooms.
With all the fighters on strict diets to make this morning's weigh-in for the 2013 International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Championships, they all retired early after skipping dinner.
"I am going to have a big burger after this weigh-in," said petite microweight, Sheckema Cunning-ham, who will fight at 49.0 kilos (108lb).
RICHARDS UP FIRST
Jamaica's 17-year-old junior fighter, Subrina Richards, fighting in the 15-17 black belt group, will be first on the mat, bowing into action tomorrow.
On Friday, it will be the turn of the black belt seniors to strut their stuff, including Cunningham, a bronze medallist at New Zealand 2011.
Nicholas Dussard, a hot favourite in the male lightweight division, after failing to get past the first round in two consecutive ITF World Champs, will also fight on Friday. Dussard will be joined by a younger generation of fighters - Ackeem Lawrence and Adrian Moore - who are also hunting their first ITF titles.