Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
JAMAICA's Nicholas Dussard lived up to his promise yesterday by delivering a silver medal at the International Sports Kickboxing Association (ISKA) World Championships in North Cyprus.
A determined Dussard put the disappointment of last week's second-round loss at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Champs behind him and fought in a heavier weight category.
He moved up from lightweight to the minus-67 kilos division, giving away four kilos to bigger and stronger rivals.
A defending ISKA silver medallist, Dussard was seeded to the second half of the bracket and came from behind to win his semi-final match, destroying his English opponent 22-11.
Jason McKay, ISKA president, Jamaica, one of two coaches with the team in Cyprus, described Dussard's performance as "worthy of a champion".
"Nick showed real guts and fire to come from behind and win that bout," he said.
"This just goes to show what could have happened in Benidorm, at the ITF, had Julio Carlos not avoided him for the entire match after scoring two early points," McKay pointed out.
Jamaica's two other representatives in Cyprus, Danielle Chang and Kevin Brown, had not taken the mat up to press time.