Zachery Budde (Maple Grove, Minn.) made it to the quarterfinal round of Sunday’s action at the 9th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was the final day of competition at the five-day tournament.
Budde, competing in the male flyweight (-48kg) division, won his first two matches of the day to reach the quarterfinals. He opened with a 5-1 win against Mexico’s Santiago De Jesus Nino Perez, and then blanked Panagiotis Chagias of Greece, 7-0. In his quarterfinal match, Budde had a slight lead heading into the third round but fell behind early and was defeated by Jordan’s Almuatasembellah Abuzaid, 12-5. Abuzaid would go on to claim the silver medal, losing in the final, 7-5, to Iran’s Abolfazi Yaghoubi Jouybari. The bronze medals went to Turkey’s Ibrahim Ethem Pak and the Philippines’ Matnew Muhael Padilla.
Two other U.S. fighters reached the round of 16 on Sunday. Male light middleweight (-68kg) Alec Coopman (Kapolei, Hawaii) recorded high-scoring wins of 17-4 over Australia’s Aaron Wain and 19-12 over Moldova’s Nichita Capitan, before losing a 14-9 decision to Jordan’s Zaid Abudaid, an eventual bronze medalist. Spain’s Daniel Quesada Barrera won the gold medal with an overtime victory against Korea’s Dong-yun Shin. The other bronze medal went to Portugal’s Andre Magone.
Female light middleweight (-59kg) Alexxis Grosso (Anaheim, Calif.) posted a 3-0 shutout of Cyprus’ Mikaella Damaskinou before dropping a 6-1 decision to the eventual gold medalist, France’s Magda Wiet Henin. Henin beat Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic in the final match, 5-3. The bronze medals went to Germany’s Celik Yonca and Russia’s Aleksandra Dementeva.
In the female flyweight (-44kg) division, Alexandria Carino (Bakersfield, Calif.) lost her opening match to Iran’s Sepideh Safari Ghalehjegh, 12-5. Korea’s Byeol Choi clinched the gold medal with a point-gap victory over Chinese Taipei’s Shiao-Pei Wong. The score was 26-3 at the end of the second round. Mexico’s Leslie Torres Nava and Turkey’s Fatma Saridogan claimed the bronze medals.
The U.S. squad finishes the competition with three medals; a silver medal by female featherweight (-49kg) Cheyenne Lewis (Elk Grove, Calif.), and bronze medals by female heavyweight (+68kg) Crystal Weekes (Staten Island, N.Y.) and female bantamweight (-46kg) Gigi Gil (Camarillo, Calif.).