(June 28, 2017) – Jackie Galloway (Wylie, Texas) gave Team USA its second silver medal in as many days Wednesday at the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, Korea. The 21-year-old Olympic bronze medalist placed second in the women’s +73-kilogram division to earn her second career world championship podium. She won a bronze medal at the last world championships held in 2015.
Galloway won two matches on Tuesday to advance to Wednesday’s medal round. She defeated Jordan’s Wa’Ad Tarman, 8-4, and Turkey’s Nafia Kus, 6-5.
Her semifinal match pitted Galloway against 2016 Olympic champion and defending world silver medalist Shuyin Zheng of China. Facing the taller opponent, Galloway had trouble finding openings in the Chinese fighter’s defense in the first two rounds. The score was knotted at 1-1 as the third and final round began.
Early in the final round, Galloway landed the only scoring kick of the match, a roundhouse to the body to take a 3-1 lead. Several penalty points were awarded in the balance of the match and Galloway prevailed with a 4-3 victory to advance to the finals to face defending world champion and fellow 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Bianca Walkden of Great Britain.
Walkden set the tone early with a quick two-point kick right at the start and played a nearly flawless match. Over the first two rounds, Walkden did not incur a penalty and shut down all of Galloway’s attacks while building a 10-0 lead. The final score of 14-4 gave Walkden her second consecutive gold medal.
Team USA will send four more competitors into the ring over the final two days of competition. Thursday will see 18-year-old Ara White (Largo, Fla.) and Alejandro Chang (Ashburn, Va.) compete in their first senior world championship. White will fight in the women’s -57kg class, while Chang competes in the men’s -63kg division.
The event concludes on Friday with Amanda Bluford (Plymouth, Minn.) in the women’s -62kg division, and five-time world champion Steven Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) taking to the mat in the men’s -80kg competition.Follow all the live action HERE.