Healy Wins Silver At Rio Test Event

Feb. 22, 2016, 11:29 a.m. (ET)

(February 22, 2016) -- Men's heavyweight Jonathan Healy (Spring, Texas) captured the silver medal in the +80kg division at the Olympic taekwondo test event -- the Aquece Rio International Taekwondo Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over the weekend. The event featured athletes from 15 countries competing across four weight categories -- the -49kg and -57kg in the female divisions, and the -58kg and +80kg in the male divisions. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee invited the top 16 countries (based on the November 2015 WTF Olympic Rankings) in each of the competing weight categories to participate in the event.

The tournament was held at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio's Olympic Park. Carioca Arena 3 will host the Olympic taekwondo during Rio 2016 but is 98 percent finished, therefore, Carioca Arena 1 was used for the weekend's competition.

Healy was runner-up to Uzbekistan's Dmitriy Shokin, a two-time world champion who is currently ranked #2 in the Olympic heavyweight world rankings. Sixth-ranked M'bar N'diaye claimed one of the two bronze medals with Tunisia's Yassine Trabelsi earning the other.

The event was a G-1 rated event with athletes awarded Olympic ranking points. Other U.S. athletes who competed were Logan Gerick (Keller, Texas) in the men's -58kg class; Hanssel Llanos (Carrollton, Texas), Thomas Rahimi (Irving, Texas), Mauricio Newman (Sunnyvale, Texas) and Kareem Martin (Dothan, Ala.) in the men's +80kg division; Kelsey Junious (South Windsor, Conn.) in the women's -49kg class; and Carissa Fu (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Aziza Chambers (Springfield, Ohio) in the women's -57kg division.

Aquece International Taekwondo Tournament Medalists

Men's -58kg
1. Armin Hadipour Seighalani (IRI)
2. Rui Braganca (POR)
3. Ren-Wei Dong (TPE)
3. Luisito Pie (DOM)

Men's +80kg
1. Dmitriy Shokin (UZB)
2. Jonathan Healy (Spring, Texas)
3. Yassine Trabelsi (TUN)
3. M'bar N'diaye (FRA)

Women's -49kg
1. Talisca Reis (BRA)
2. Huai Hsuan Huang (TPE)
3. Napaporn Charanawat (THA)
3. Yasmina Aziez (FRA)

Women's -57kg
1. Mayu Hamada (JPN)
2. Yu Chuang Chen (TPE)
3. Evelyn Gonda (CAN)
3. Fenfen Shao (CHN)