Third time lucky for Richards
Subrina Richards, who made history by being Jamaica's first female International Sport Kick-boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association world champion in Portugal, 2015, won the title for a third straight year late Friday, landing the middleweight points-sparring division in Athens, Greece.
The 20-year-old Jamaican beat German opponents Jenny Dahlstrom and Viarouge Manon, 17-16, in the semi-final and final, respectively, to complete a hat-trick of points-sparring world titles.
Richards handed Jamaica its third gold medal of the tournament, which they are aiming to end with a fourth title. Sheckema Cunningham is going for a second gold after winning the microweight continuous-sparring crown on Thursday.
Akino Lindsay opened the event by conquering the super heavyweight division on last Wednesday's first day, kick-starting Jamaica's assault at the tournament.
An elated Richards said it was tough going against the Germans.
"It's a great feeling knowing I was able to defend my title twice. This was the first ISKA title I won, back in 2015, and I was able to get it again, twice, last year in Germany as well.
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"It was a tough match, to be honest. I fought two Germans. It was a pretty close match. I am just super happy, super proud, very excited and looking forward to 2018 when we are hosting. I will have the opportunity to defend my title in front of my fellow Jamaicans," she added.
Jason McKay, who has groomed Richards to fill the shoe of Cunningham, declared her one of the best points fighters in the world.
"She is at about 80 per cent fitness, but even at that, I knew she was way ahead of anyone else. There is no one in the European confederation, who can seriously challenge her in points fighting. I am even surprised that the final was so close. Germany really pushed her to the line," he said.