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Jamaicans storm New Jersey’s Ultimate Tae Kwon Do Challenge

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:23 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
Members of Jamaica’s team to the New Jersey Ultimate Tae Kwon Do Challenge. Front row from left: Richard Stone and Marissa Jones. Second row (from left): coach Jason McKay, Tyrique Tai-Loy and Sharic Bowen. Back row (from left), Donald Francis, Richard Touzlain, Ackeem Lawrence, Rasean Martin and Oral Rumble.
Members of Jamaica’s team to the New Jersey Ultimate Tae Kwon Do Challenge. Front row from left: Richard Stone and Marissa Jones. Second row (from left): coach Jason McKay, Tyrique Tai-Loy and Sharic Bowen. Back row (from left), Donald Francis, Richard Touzlain, Ackeem Lawrence, Rasean Martin and Oral Rumble.

RICHARD Stone was the toast of the evening, taking the coveted black belt heavyweight crown after going through Armani Bernard, the favourite, who had eliminated the other Jamaicans in the field.

In the male black belt lightweight category, a spirited Donald Francis was at his best but was unable to get past defending champion Ackeem Lawrence, who was fresher, having been spared the rounds leading to the final.

Tyrique Tai-Loy won the junior male black belt division, fighting his was through six rounds of combat, eventually defeating fellow Jamaican Jamaica College’s Sharic Bowen, who was the first to mine gold, earlier winning patterns.

Female lightweight fighter Marissa Jones, won bronze, along with heavyweight Rasean Martin.