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TAEKWONDO: Nia Abdallah Advances to Finals of Olympic Trials

Jan. 25, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 2004 Olympic silver medalist Nia Abdallah (Houston, Texas) went undefeated in three matches at Friday's Olympic Trials Fight-Offs and will advance to the Olympic Trials Finals in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 5. Abdallah opened the competition in the women's Olympic featherweight division with a 6-1 win over Stephanie Beckel (Miami, Fla.) and a 5-3 victory over Jade Lopez (Union City, Calif.) to advance to the final round. Lopez made it through the elimination bracket by defeating Danielle Holmquist (Coral Springs, Fla.), 3-1, to set up a rematch with Abdallah in the finals. In the rematch, Abdallah again posted a two-point win over Lopez, 3-1, to claim the victory. Abdallah will face top-seeded Diana Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) in the Olympic Trials Finals in Des Moines. Lopez needs just one victory to claim the spot on the 2008 Olympic Team, while Abdallah will need to defeat Lopez twice to make the team. Competition continues tomorrow in the Olympic Trials Fight-Offs at 9:00 a.m. with the male Olympic featherweight and female Olympic flyweight divisions in action. Final Results in Female Olympic Featherweight: 1st Round Jade Lopez (Union City, Calif. def. Danielle Holmquist (Coral Springs, Fla.), 4-1 Sanaz Shahbazi (Colorado Springs, Colo.) def. Jessica Pryor (Sacramento, Calif.), 7-2 Stephanie Beckel (Miami, Fla.) def. Christina Johnson (Rockville, Md.), 6-3 2nd Round Jade Lopez def. Sanaz Shahbazi, 8-4 Nia Abdallah (Houston, Texas) def. Stephanie Beckel, 6-1 3rd Round Nia Abdallah def. Jade Lopez, 5-3 Elimination Bracket Danielle Holmquist def. Jessica Pryor, 4-(-1) Christina Johnson def. Sanaz Shahbazi, 5-1 Danielle Holmquist def. Stephanie Beckel, 5-2 Danielle Holmquist def. Christina Johnson, 3-0 Jade Lopez def. Danielle Holmquist, 3-1 Finals Nia Abdallah def. Jade Lopez, 3-1 ###