Shoulder injury foils Dusard's gold medal hopes
ROSE HALL, St James — Nicholas Dusard's disappointment was clearly expressed on his face minutes after he lost in the quarter-finals of the black belt senior men's -63kg to world champion Julio Carlos on yesterday's penultimate day of the fifth International Tae kwon do World Cup being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
It wasn't the loss to the American that spoiled Dusard's day; it was the unfulfilled high expectations he had set for himself to deliver a gold medal to Jamaica in front of his home crowd.
"This gold would have been special, here at home in front of the home crowd," he said.
An injured right shoulder that fell out of the socket on at least two occasions yesterday, severely limited his abilities.
After gamely fighting through the pain in the first round when he beat Argentina's Matias Bustamante, it was asking too much to get by the skilled Carlos and hopefully advance to fight in the final which would be carried live on national television last night.
The injury was not new, as Dusard told the Jamaica Observer he picked up the injury to ligaments in his shoulder that caused the arm to painfully pop out of the socket during fights or training.
They had put off operating on it and when the injury flared up again earlier this year it would have been either go through with the medical procedure or miss the World Cup at home.
With the World Cup out of the way, Dusard will undergo the operation here in Jamaica in two weeks' time and will be out for another three months.
"The surgery is long overdue," he told the Observer yesterday and conceded that while he was disappointed, the big picture was "it is not bad to lose in the quarter-finals to the world champion".
— Paul Reid