Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
JAMAICA's martial artists yesterday ended their tour of Europe with female microweight Danielle Chang winning a silver medal at the International Sports Kickboxing Association (ISKA) World Championships in Kyrenia, North Cyprus.
Chang's silver moved Jamaica's tally at the ISKA World Champs to four medals, one gold and three silver. Nicholas Dussard won two medals, gold and silver, at the October 29-November 3 tournament.
Kevin Brown was the island's other medallist, picking up silver in a Jamaican sweep of the 67 kilos-and-under continuous-sparring division, losing to Dussard in the final.
Brought in to replace Sheckema Cunningham, who had aggravated an injury during the previous week's International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Spain, Chang beat the United Kingdom's Linda Walker to advance to the final.
BRITISH GETS GOLD
However, Shannon Walker of Britain stopped the Jamaican to claim gold.
"The fights were challenging so I am grateful to have accomplished a silver medal," Chang told The Gleaner on winning her first world championship medal.
Jamaica's combined martial arts team captain, Jason McKay, who travelled along with Claude Chin as coach, was elated that the team was returning home with medals.
"The ITF World Champs was always going to be a tough one, plus injuries and other factors went against us in Spain.
"However, we were always confident that we would have rebounded in North Cyprus. It could have been two gold medals, but Nicholas (Dussard) was narrowly beaten in sudden death in points sparring," McKay added.