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TAEKWONDO: Anees Hasnain and Chris Martinez Qualify for Olympic Trials Finals

Jan. 26, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Anees Hasnain (McKinney, Texas) and Chris Martinez (Sugar Land, Texas) fought their way into the April 5th Olympic Trials Finals by winning their respective divisions on Saturday at the Olympic Trials Fight-Off in Colorado Springs. Hasnain, 16, captured the women's Olympic flyweight division and Martinez, 24, won the men's Olympic featherweight class. Hasnain went undefeated in three fights, scoring an opening round win over Mara Perscheid (Alexandria, Va.), 6-4, and then defeating Alexis Martinez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 7-4. Martinez beat Perscheid in the elimination bracket, 5-4, to set up a rematch with Hasnain in the finals, where Hasnain prevailed, 4-3 to win the division. Hasnain will now move on to the Olympic Trials Finals in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 5 to face top-seeded Charlotte Craig (Murrieta, Calif.). Craig needs just one win to make the Olympic Team while Hasnain will need to defeat Craig twice to secure the berth. Chris Martinez also went undefeated on the day, winning four matches to win the division. He scored a 5-2 win over Richard Lee (Granada Hills, Calif.), a 3-2 victory over James Moontasri (Colorado Springs, Colo.), a 1-0 overtime win over David Bartlett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and then another win over Bartlett in the finals, 3-2. Martinez will now face Mark Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) in the Olympic Trials Finals in Des Moines, needing two wins over Lopez to win the Olympic Team spot. FINAL RESULTS Men's Olympic Featherweight 1st Round Stepfon Westbrook def. Nicolas Delgado, 3-2 Jesus Armendariz def. Nir Moriah, 6-5 James Howe def. Christian Valencia, 3-2 2nd Round David Bartlett def. Stepfon Westbrook, 3-0 Brian Gallagher def. Jesus Armendariz, 1-0 (OT) Chris Martinez def. Richard Lee, 5-2 James Moontasri def. James Howe, 5-4 3rd Round David Bartlett def. Brian Gallagher, 3-2 Chris Martinez def. James Moontasri, 3-2 4th Round Chris Martinez def. David Bartlett, 1-0 (OT) Elimination Round Nir Moriah def. Stepfon Westbrook, 1-0 (OT) Christian Valencia def. Richard Lee, 6-2 James Howe def. Nicolas Delgado, 6-1 Christian Valencia def. Jesus Armendariz, RSC due to injury James Howe def. Nir Moriah, 1-0 (OT) James Moontasri def. James Howe, 8-2 Brian Gallagher def. Christian Valencia, 5-3 Brian Gallagher def. James Moontasri, 5-1 David Bartlett def. Brian Gallagher, 6-5 Finals Chris Martinez def. David Bartlett, 3-2 Women's Olympic Flyweight 1st Round Anees Hasnain def. Mara Perscheid, 6-4 2nd Round Anees Hasnain def. Alexis Martinez, 7-4 Elimination Round Alexis Martinez def. Mara Perscheid, 5-4 Finals Anees Hasnain def. Alexis Martinez, 4-3 ###