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Edwards, McKay shine at Red Tiger Open

Published:Monday | May 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer

JAMAICA's taekwondo fighters, Kenneth Edwards and Jason McKay, won gold and silver medals, respectively, at the Red Tiger Cup in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Olympian Edwards maintained his winning form since returning to international competition in April, outclassing rivals in the black belt heavyweight division.

McKay, former Jamaica combined martial arts team captain, won silver in the masters' division.

Edwards was impressive as he blew past his United States opponent in the semis, but came close to disqualification after delivering a knockout punch close to the end of the bout.

Hot off a gold medal performance at last week's International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Edwards swept his rival in the final.

Doping allegations

Though still a bit rusty after having to sit out six months on doping allegations, Edwards easily won his third overseas title in less than two months after being cleared by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.

The London 2012 Olympian is on course to defend his International Taekwondo Federation World Cup title in Montego Bay, August 26-30.

McKay, meanwhile, returned to the podium with a vintage display in the masters' division to secure five combined team points, as he seeks to retain his spot on the squad.

The veteran fighter, who stood down as captain for the new season, revived the form which saw him winning gold at last year's Original Taekwon-Do Federation Open Tourna-ment in Las Vegas.

McKay fell short of gold, losing in a split division to Ireland's Baston Kieron after defeating USA's Sal Russo in the quarter-finals and Vietmam's Son Xayon in the semis.

Team captain Nicholas Dusard was withdrawn, nursing an injured shoulder, which has ruled him out of the May 31 CanAm Championships in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.