Team USA Upgrades Medal Color at 2017 World Championships

By Bill Kellick | June 30, 2017, 2:46 p.m. (ET)


Paige McPherson displays her silver medal in the -67kg division

(June 30, 2017) – Team USA repeated its medal count at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, Korea, but upgraded the color of the medals. Following up on their bronze-medal performances at the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships, Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) and Jackie Galloway (Wylie, Texas) repeated as medalists, but this time it was silver draped around their necks.

Two-time Olympian McPherson won the silver medal in the women’s -67-kilogram division on June 27, while 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Galloway captured the silver medal in the women’s +73kg division the following day.

Even with 10 newcomers, including six teenagers, on the squad, Team USA turned in some impressive performances over the seven-day event. Ten fighters, including McPherson and Gallloway, reached the round of 16.

Others were Amanda Bluford (Plymouth, Minn.) in the women’s -62kg, Aziza Chambers (Springfield, Ohio) in the women’s -53kg, Charlotte Craig (Murrieta, Calif.) in the women’s -49kg, Jacob Grace (Morgan Hill, Calif.) in the men’s -68kg, Jaysen Ishida (Waikele, Hawaii) in the men’s -74kg, Stephen Lambdin (Colleyville, Texas) in the men’s +87kg, Christian Suh (Bayside, N.Y.) in the men’s -87kg and 18-year-old Ara White (Largo, Fla.) in the women’s -57kg division.

In the overall standings, the silver medals by McPherson and Galloway helped Team USA to finish fourth in the female division behind Korea, Turkey and Serbia.

For complete results of the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships CLICK HERE.


Jackie Galloway with her silver medal in the women's +73kg division