Jackie Galloway Secures Second U.S. Medal At World Championships

Photos from day 5 of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

May 16, 2015, 5:54 p.m. (ET)

(May 16, 2015) -- The American team will add another medal to its collection on Sunday at the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia, thanks to Jackie Galloway (Wylie, Texas) who qualified for the semifinals in the women's middleweight (-73kg) division with three victories on Saturday. The U.S. team won a bronze medal on Friday when Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) placed third in the women's welterweight (-67kg) division.

The 19-year-old Galloway was dominant in her three matches on Saturday, winning by a combined score of 38-18. She opened with a 14-8 victory over Norway's Tina Skaar and followed that up with a 17-6 triumph over Iran's Hanieh Akhlagi.

In the quarterfinals against crowd-favorite Anastasiia Gurskaia of Russia, Galloway scored a left-leg head kick in the final seconds of the opening round to go up 3-0. Both fighters traded points in the second round as Galloway maintained a three-point advantage at 4-1 heading into the final round. Another left-leg head kick early in the final period put her up 7-1 and she did not allow Gurskaia to pull off any high-scoring kicks the rest of the way, winning 7-4 to move into Sunday's medal round (watch a replay of the match HERE, and go to the 3:19:00 mark if not redirected).

Galloway will face Korea's Hyeri Oh in one of the middleweight semifinals, while the other semifinal will pit China's Shuyin Zheng against Croatia's Iva Rados.

The U.S. squad almost had two fighters in Sunday's medal rounds, but men's heavyweight (+87kg) Stephen Lambdin (Colleyville, Texas) was defeated in the quarterfinals, 3-1, by the second-ranked heavyweight in the world, Gabon's Anthony Obame. Lambdin reached the quarterfinals with a 4-3 overtime win over China's Yi Yang in the round of 32, and a knockout victory in the round of 16 against Arman-Marshall Silla of Belarus.

Obame will face the Ivory Coast's Firmin Zokou in one heavyweight semifinal, while Cuba's Robelis Despaigne will square off against Uzbekistan's Dmitriy Shokin in the other.

The third U.S. fighter in action Saturday was men's middleweight (-87kg) Phillip Yun (Oakland, Calif.). Yun defeated Morocco's Noureddine Ziani, 8-7, in the round of 64, but lost his round of 32 matchup, 9-8, to Tunisia's Yassine Trabelsi. Advancing to Sunday's semifinals in the men's middleweight class were Jasur Baykuziyev (UZB), Vladislav Larin (RUS), Radik Isaev (AZE) and Rafael Castillo (CUB).

Full brackets of Saturday's bouts can be found HERE, while videos of the matches can be viewed HERE.

In addition to the medal rounds in the female middleweight, male middleweight and male heavyweight division, day six of the WTF World Championships on Sunday will also feature preliminary rounds in the female featherweight (-57kg) and male bantamweight (-63kg) divisions. Team USA will be represented by Cheyenne Lewis (Elk Grove, Calif.) in the female featherweight division and Chase Graham (Westminster, Calif.) in the male bantamweight competition.


Female -53kg
1. Geum-Byeol Lim (KOR)
2. Yun-Wen Huang (TPE)
3. Ana Zaninovic (CRO)
3. Andriana Asprogeraka (GRE)

Female +73kg
1. Bianca Walkden (GBR)
2. Gwladys Epangue (FRA)
3. Nafia Kus (TUR) 
3. Olga Ivanova (RUS)

Male -54kg
1. Tae-hun Kim (KOR)
2. Stanislav Denisov (RUS)
3. Ramnarong Sawekwiharee (THA)
3. Venilton Teixeira (BRA)