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TAEKWONDO: Paige McPherson Claims Gold Medal on Final Day of Pan American Championships

Oct. 05, 2008, 9:22 p.m. (ET)

Female welterweight Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) capped an eight-medal performance by the U.S. team by winning the gold medal on Sunday's final day of the Pan American Taekwondo Championships in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

McPherson opened the day with a 7-0 win over Brazil's Erica Ferreira followed by an 8-1 victory over Granada's Andrea St. Bernard. In the gold medal match, McPherson won by superiority after she fought a scoreless sudden death overtime against Colombia's Lida Hernandez.

Female featherweight Aziza Chambers (Springfield, Ohio) and female lightweight Whitney Daniel (Virginia Beach, Va.) both captured bronze medals on Sunday.

Chambers scored a 6-2 win over Brazil's Rafaela Araujo and then lost 2-1 to eventual gold medalist Estela Tiffer of Nicaragua in the semifinals.

Daniel gapped Colombia's Paola Alba, 7-0, to reach the semifinals but lost a 2-0 decision to Puerto Rico's Carla Cotto.

In men's action on Sunday, welterweight Rudford Hamon (West Palm Beach, Fla.) reached the quarterfinals by defeating Brazil's Fabricio Seidler, 5-2. He then lost an 8-4 decision to Argentina's Sebastian Crismanich who went on to capture the gold medal.

Men's featherweight Steven Lin (Chatham, N.J.) lost his opening match to Trinidad & Tobago's Doran Alexander, 1-0, and men's lightweight Tal Moriah (Houston, Texas) was defeated in sudden death overtime by Puerto Rico's Manuel Corrian in his first match.

In addition to the three medals won on Sunday, the U.S. team also won gold medals from women's finweight Alexis Martinez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and women's flyweight Charlotte Craig (Murrieta, Calif.), a silver medal from men's flyweight James Howe (San Ramon, Calif.), and bronze medals from women's middleweight Dalia Avivi (Davie, Fla.) and men's bantamweight Bernard Posey (Greensboro, N.C.).

The Pan Am Championships utilized the LaJust electronic chest protectors as the scoring system for the event.