Bronze for Dusard at Legacy Open
Nicholas Dusard finished with a bronze medal at the weekend's Legacy Tae Kwon Do Open in New Jersey, losing his semi-final bout to Emmanuel Carlos, who went on to win the lightweight title, which the Jamaican had won last year.
Dusard's loss was a double blow for Jamaica, who had won two gold medals at the event last year. Jason McKay, who was the defending heavyweight champion, failed to travel to New Jersey after picking up an injury on the eve of the event.
However, Dusard's bronze, won at one of the toughest martial arts open in New York, the camp of many International Taekwon-Do Federation medal-laden Team USA members such as Emmanuel and his brother, Julio Carlos, earned him three valuable points towards selection for the 2017 Jamaica combined martial arts team.
Meanwhile, McKay, who has three points by way of a bronze medal won at the Oregon Invitational in Hood River, Oregon, in April, said he hopes to rebound quickly.
"I had been experiencing pain in the knees for the last couple of days but it got worse after a training session. I didn't want to do anything that could result in being out for the entire season," McKay explained.
The veteran martial artist is hoping to stay healthy enough to break his own record of a 16th consecutive qualification to Jamaica's combined martial arts team in 2017.