Dusard the toast of Buenos Aires
JAMAICA’S Nicholas Dusard created local and regional martial arts history by winning his third Pan Am title in eight years at the 13th International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Championships in Buenos Aires on Sunday.
Fresh off a bronze medal performance at the Legacy taekwon-Do open in New Jersey, Dusard, normally a light to middleweight fighter, stepped up to light heavyweight for the first time and topped the category.
Battling through five rounds to face the world champion and Argentine home favourite, Lucas Pini, Dusard looked totally at ease even as the final went into double overtime.
The Jamaican had earlier battled fighters from Paraguay, Chile and Brazil to reach the final. He is the only Jamaican to have ever won gold at every ITF Pan Am championship entered.
Meanwhile, Under-21 fighter, Akino Lindsay, fighting as a super heavyweight in the adult black belt division, took silver in a close final against Argentina.
It was the University of the West Indies student’s first Pan Am championship. He fought well but lost on a close scorecard after a lengthy final, which was twice interrupted as a result of the medical team being called into action.