Juniors rise to occasion
…As seniors falter at ITF World Cup
ROSE HALL, St James — Despite the massive letdown from their top stars, Jamaica's fighters continued their impressive showing at the fifth International Tae kwon do Federation (ITF) World Cup at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall with another 18 medals yesterday, bringing the total to 37.
The fighters, representing three clubs, won six gold medals, five silver and seven bronze-yesterday, adding to the 19 medals won over the first two days: six gold, five silver and eight bronze.
A bronze by Olympian Kenneth Edwards was the only medal won by the top fighters on a day that promised to show off the crème de la crème of Jamaica's fighters in front of an expectant home crowd.
Injuries played a part in the failure of the top fighters to advance far into the competition as Edwards hobbled around on a painful knee injury that limited his effectiveness, while Nicolas Dusard's badly injured right shoulder saw him fall a round shy of medal contention.
Others who also failed to deliver included Adrian Moore and Sheckema Cunningham, while Alrick Wanliss jnr won a silver in the men's black belt -57kg section with Ackeem Lawrence taking the bronze.
Rising star Subrina Richardson was certain of at least a silver medal as she advanced to the final of the -55kg black belt set for late last night.
Even while the failure of the big names and team leaders early in the day would have affected them, the juniors and lower-ranked fighters put up a good show with gold medals coming from Alexia Webb in the 15-17 girls' -50kg colour belt sparring, Deshaun McKenzie in the men's 18-35 -57kg colour belt, Rasean Martin in the men's 85kg sparring, Keniel Reid in the men's -70kg colour belt sparring, Akeeno Lindsay won the men's -85kg sparring beating compatriot Donelle Stewart, and Richard Stone in the men's -78kg colour belt sparring also won gold.
It was the second medal for both Webb and Reid who earlier won medals in the patterns competition on Wednesday's first day.
Javor Scott also won a silver after he lost to Martin the final of the men's -85kg final; Yekei Wellen-Bryan in the -78kg men's sparring and David Hall snr won his second silver, this one in the black belt men's special technique which saw him kicking targets high above his head and jumping over a bar to kick another.
There was a bronze for the team of Allan Pennant and Zachary Parchment in the pre-arranged sparring, while Omar Williamson, in the men's -57kg coloured belt, Jasmine Burrowes, who made up for her meltdown in the patterns on Thursday, and Akeem Lawrence, in the -57kg black belt, all won bronze medals.