(May 17, 2015) -- Middleweight Jackie Galloway (Wylie, Texas) won Team USA's second bronze medal of the week on Sunday at the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The U.S. team won its first bronze medal on Friday when Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) placed third in the women's welterweight (-67kg) division.
The bronze medal was a touch bittersweet for the 19-year-old Galloway as she gave up the winning point in the final seconds of her -73kg semifinal bout with Korea's Hyeri Oh. Through the first two rounds the match was a cautious one with neither fighter able to score a point. That all changed in the third and final round. Galloway got on the board first after Oh was given a warning for holding, her second of the match, but Oh quickly gained the point back with a scoring kick to Galloway's body to knot the match at 1-1.
A three-point head shot by Oh made it 4-1, but Galloway countered with a head shot of her own to tie the match back up at 4-4 with one minute remaining. Twenty seconds later Oh went back on top, 5-4, with a kick to the body. However, two warnings to Oh -- one for falling and one for holding -- tied the score once again, 5-5, with just 11 seconds to go. In the closing seconds of regulation, Oh landed a kick to the body as Galloway was backing up. The kick registered with just two seconds showing on the clock, securing the 6-5 victory for Oh and advancing her to the final.
In the women's middleweight final, Oh would defeat China's Shuyin Zheng to claim the gold medal. The other bronze medal went to Croatia's Iva Rados.