The first sparring competitors of the U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Team went into action on Saturday during Day 3 of taekwondo competition at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
Shaina Krause (Fairfax Station, Va./George Mason University, 57 kg) had the best result of the day, reaching the quarterfinals and narrowly missing the medal rounds. In her first match, Krause fought Iloki Brutho of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She scored with a front leg axe kick early in the match to go up 3-0, and also a defensive back kick to break it open in the third round and win convincingly 7-2. In the quarterfinal round Krause met Ekaterina Musikhina of Russia. In a tightly contested defensive match, neither player scored until late in the match when Musikhina scored a short round kick to the body. Krause mixed it up but ran out of time. The final score was 3-0 in favor of Musikhina who would go on to win a bronze medal along with Korea's So Hee Kim. The gold medalist was Marlene Harnois of France and the silver medal went to China's Yuzhuo Hou. Krause was coached by U.S. Head Coach Tim Ghormley.
Jensen Ishida (Waikele, Hawaii/University of Hawaii-Manoa, 68 kg) fought Breno Silva of Brazil in his first match. Ishida scored early in the first round to go up 1-0 and Silva returned with a back kick to go up 2-1. Ishida and Silva traded body round kicks throughout the match to tie 3-3 and send the match into overtime. After some tense exchanges, Ishida was able to score on a body round kick to advance 4-3. In his second match, Ishida fought Cesar Mari Puerta of Spain. Ishida scored a defensive back kick to go up 2-1 in the first round but gave up a couple of head shots to go down 7-2. Ishida sparred aggressively for the rest of the match but couldn't close the gap, eventually losing 11-2. Puerta went on to win a bronze medal along with Idulio Islas of Mexico. Korea's Hun Kim won the gold and the Philippines Samuel Morrison claimed the silver medal. Ishida was coached by Steve Rosbarsky.
Adrian Zambrano (Sylmar, Calif./Glendale Community College, 54 kg) fought Weiji Tian of China in his first match. Zambrano was leading 1-0 for much of the match, but Tian was able to pull ahead 2-1 in the third and final round and hold the lead. Zambrano was coached by Steve Rosbarsky. The gold medalist in the men's under 54kg division was Jerranat Nakaviroj of Thailand. Silver medalist was Chialin Hsu of Chinese Taipei, and bronze medals were awarded to Erdal Aldemir of Turkey and Yong Han Park of Korea.
Katherine Trinh (Fremont, Calif./University of California - Berkeley, 46 kg) fought Anastasia Valueva of Russia in her first match. It was a close match early on, 4-3, but Valueva was able to break away on some head kicks. Trinh stayed aggressive and attacked throughout the match but fell 16-6. Valueva went on to win the gold medal, defeating Turkey's Rukiye Yildirim in the final. Bronze medalists were Weichun Liao of Chinese Taipei and Itzel Manjarrez Bastidas of Mexico. Trinh was coached by coach Reynaldo Soriano.
Sparring competition continues on Sunday.