Jamaica wins two silver medals in Costa Rica Open


September 05, 2016
Jamaica's Hakeem Lowe (right) uses his right leg to kick his Chilean opponent Nicolas Padilla in their fight during the Costa Rica open recently. Contributed

The Jamaica Taekwondo Federation's Jayson Grant and Hakeem Lowe participated at the 2016 Costa Rica Open Taekwondo Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Hundreds of athletes from 20 countries participated in this competition. The 2016 Costa Rica Open was a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) G1 rank tournament, which means all the athletes who won medals in the senior events will receive points towards qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jayson Grant competed in the 80-and-over-kilogram senior weight division and won his first fight 10-2 against Gabriel Diaz of Puerto Rico. In his second fight, he won 7-5 against Ramon Flores of the USA and lost 2-12 in the final fight against Jonathan Healy also of the US to win the silver medal. For this, Jayson received six points towards the Tokyo Olympics.

Hakeem Lowe competed in the Under-51kg junior weight division and won his first fight 13-5 against Nicolas Padilla of Chile.

In his second fight, he won 13-0 against Jose Puma of Peru. In his third fight, he won 10-2 against Mikel Cabrera of Ecuador. In his final fight, he lost 9-12 against Brad Garibaldi of Ecuador to win the silver medal.

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