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Olympian Charlotte Craig Wins Gold Medal at Pan American Championships

Oct. 05, 2008, 2:46 p.m. (ET)

2008 Olympian Charlotte Craig (Murrieta, Calif.) won the gold medal on Saturday in the women's flyweight division at the Pan American Taekwondo Championships in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Craig defeated Gladys Mora of Columbia in the finals by a score of 1-0 to lead a four-medal surge by the U.S. on Saturday.

Men's flyweight James Howe (San Ramon, Calif.) took the silver medal, while women's middleweight Dalia Avivi (Davie, Fla.), and men's bantamweight Bernard Posey (Greensboro, N.C.) both claimed bronze medals.

Howe lost a tight 4-3 decision to Guillermo Paba of Columbia in the final match.

Avivi earned her bronze medal by defeating Courtney Condie of Canada in the quarterfinals, 1-0, then falling to eventual gold medalist Deysi Oea of the Domincan Republic, 5-3, in the semifinals.

In a packed men's bantamweight division consisting of 20 athletes, Posey beat Josean Rivera of Puerto Rico, 6-(-1), then Paulo Acho Guerra of Peru, 8-1. In the semifinals, Posey lost to Leandro Garcia of Argentina, 5-3, despite scoring a two-point head shot with a flying side kick.

Women's bantamweight Eleni Koutsilianos (Astoria, N.Y.) lost in the quarterfinals on Saturday to Mexico's Rosa Reyna by a score of 11-4.

Men's middleweight Jayson Grant (Worcester, Mass.) also reached the quarterfinals and narrowly missed the medal round, losing 7-6 to Brazil's Douglas Marcelino.

On Friday's opening day of competition, women's finweight Alexis Martinez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) won a silver medal.

Competition at the Pan Am Championships concludes on Sunday with the men's and women's featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions in action.