Two more medals for U.S. at Pan Am Games
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The U.S. Taekwondo team won two more bronze medals on Sunday at the Pan American Games to give them three bronze medals over the first two days of competition. Featherweights Terrence Jennings
(Alexandria, Va.) and Nicole Palma
(Lake Worth, Fla.) both reached the podium on Sunday in their respective divisions.
Jennings recorded victories over Venezuela's Danny Miranda (13-11) and Brazil's Diogo Da Silva (6-4) to reach the medal round. There he would lose a 9-7 decision to eventual gold medalist Jhohanny Jean of the Dominican Republic. Cuba's Angel Modesto Mora took the silver medal and Chile's Mario Andres Guerra won the other bronze medal in the -68kg division.
Palma advanced to the medal round with an 8-7 win over the Dominican Republic's Disnansi Polanco Contreras and a 9-4 victory over El Salvador's Laura Vanessa Vasquez. In the semifinals, Palma faced Mexico's Irma Contreras in front of a raucous partisan crowd. Contreras was able use the crowd's energy to her advantage and prevailed 9-7. She would go on to claim the gold medal in the -57kg weight class. Colombia's Doris Esmid Patino claimed the silver medal and Chile's Yeny Anyelina Contreras took the other bronze medal.
Two days of taekwondo competition remain in the Pan Am Games. Monday's slate includes the men's and women's welterweight divisions with Americans TJ Curry
(Berkely, Calif.) and Paige McPherson
(Sturgis, S.D.) in action for the U.S.