Two-time Olympian Paige McPherson added to her already impressive medal collection when she won silver in the 67 kg. division at the World Taekwondo Championships on Tuesday in Muju, Korea.
It marked the best result by an American at a world championships or Olympic Games since 2009.
McPherson defeated three opponents on Monday to advance to the medal round, where she beat Mengyu Zhang of China in the semifinals and moved on to the gold-medal match. There she faced Turkey’s Nur Tatar, whom she last fought in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Games London 2012. Tatar won that match and went on to win the silver medal, while McPherson won bronze at the Games. On Tuesday, McPherson led, 2-1, after the opening round but Tatar came back in the final round, scoring two kicks and one punch to McPherson’s body for a 6-2 lead. Tatar would hold on to win her first world championship, 6-4.
McPherson’s silver was her second world championship medal, adding to the bronze she won in 2015. The 26-year-old from Sturgis, South Dakota, also competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, finishing 11th, as well as the 2011 and 2013 world championships. Her other accomplishments include a gold medal at the Pan American Championships in 2016 and a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games.
Olympic bronze medalist Jackie Galloway will seek her second consecutive world championship medal on Wednesday beginning with a semifinal match against Shuyin Zheng, of China, in the +73 kg. division.