Adrienne Ivey Caps Dutch Open With Gold
Female junior heavyweight Adrienne Ivey (San Leandro, Calif.) won the gold medal on Sunday as competition wrapped up at the 36th Dutch Open Taekwondo Championship in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Ivey's medal gave the 10-member USA Taekwondo Junior Team a total of six medals at the two-day event.
In the quarterfinal round, Ivey defeated Greece's Athanasia Primoudi, 4-1, then went on to beat Croatia's Mia Rados in the semifinals by a 7-0 point gap. The junior heavyweight final was an all-American affair with Ivey defeating Nazara Muwwakkil of the U.S. by a score of 3-0.
On Saturday, the USAT Junior Team garnered five medals; gold by junior male bantamweight Olie Burton (Accokeek, Md.), silver by junior female welterweight Nicole Palma (Lake Worth, Fla.), and bronze medals by female junior featherweight Kiana Lo (Danville, Calif.), female junior lightweight Victoria Stambaugh (Pasadena, Texas) and female junior light-middleweight Merissa Pico (Fort Lee, N.J.).
Other Americans reaching the podium on Sunday were Ernest Samotshozo who captured gold in the male junior light-heavyweight division, Haley Kong who earned silver in the female junior flyweight division, Alexander Yow winning silver in the male junior flyweight division, and Anees Hasnain who took the bronze medal in the senior female finweight class.
For complete results of the 2009 Dutch Open go to www.dutchopen2009.com.