TAEKWONDO: Whitney Daniel Wins Silver Medal at World Junior Championships

May 10, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
Women's light middleweight Whitney Daniel (Virginia Beach, Va.) won the silver medal on Saturday at the World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Izmir, Turkey. Daniel posted wins over Moldova's Iulia Latus (7-0), Spain's Patricia Garcia Sanchez (2-1), Egypt's Reham A. Abou El Yazied Saad Gad (7-0) and Germany's Rabia Gulec (5-2) to reach the gold-medal match where she lost an 8-3 decision to France's Maeva Musso. Bronze medalists were Guelec and Chinese Taipei's Kuan I Wen. Daniel's medal is the fourth won by the U.S. squad at the event. On Thursday, female flyweight Selina Coppersmith-Tubbs (Plano, Texas) won gold, while male finweight Olie Burton (Accokeek, Md.) and female bantamweight Merissa Pico (Fort Lee, N.J.) both captured bronze medals. Also on Saturday, middleweights Thomas Lee (Rockville, Md.) and Jacquelyn Lauricella (Port Orange, Fla.) both won their first two matches of the day before being eliminated. Lee defeated Osama Salame of Denmark (4-0) and Raul Martinez Garcia of Spain (2-0) before losing in the quarterfinals to Turkey's Burak Eski in overtime. Eski went on to win a bronze medal along with Italy's Vito Angileri. Iran's Bekzad Eilkhani won the gold medal by defeating China's Sun Yuheng. Lauricella posted victories over New Zealand's Lyteshar Drewery (7-(-1)) and Jordan's Rima Abdel K.I. Ananbeh (3-2) before losing to Australia's Chloe Iriyadi (3-1) in the quarterfinals. Iriyadi claimed the silver medal after losing to China's Shao Hua in the finals. Bronze medalists were Korea's Jeong Seo Ri and Belarus' Viktorija Revenko. Men's light middleweight John Hansel (Ashburn, Va.) knocked out his first opponent, Tarek Makdessi from Lebanon but was later disqualified after a protest. The men's light middleweight champion was Korea's Jeong Da Yeong who defeated Spain's Alberto Sandiego Garay in the finals. Bronze medals went to Canada's Patrick Bouchard and China's Guan Zhen. The five-day event wraps up on Sunday with four more American fighters in action: female heavyweight Adrienne Ivey (Ashburn, Va.), male light heavyweight Tyler Knittel-McDavid (Loveland, Ohio), male heavyweight Christian Suh (Astoria, N.Y.) and female light heavyweight Laurissa Tanielu (Blue Island, Ill.). ###