Team USA wins six medals at World Para Taekwondo Championships

By Bill Kellick | Oct. 20, 2017, 10:49 a.m. (ET)

(October 20, 2017) -- Team USA tallied six total medals on Thursday at the 2017 World Para Taekwondo Championships at the Copper Box Arena in London, England. The six medals included one gold, one silver and four bronze, with three coming in the poomsae competition and the other three won in sparring.

Jonathan McNutt was the gold medalist after winning the P30 male P31 poomsae competition. Bronze medalists in poomsae were Shania Hershey in the P20 female under 30 event, and Iris Fuentes in the P30 female P33 competition.

In the sparring competition, Daniel Espinosa took the silver medal in a field of nine athletes competing in the K42 male -75kg class. He defeated Nepal's Rohit Hang, 11-0, in the quarterfinals, and Russia's Lukman-Khakim Istamulov by a 36-6 margin in the semfinals. In the gold-medal contest, Espinosa lost an 8-3 decision to Turkey's Mehmet Serkan Serpici.

Brianna Salinaro won a bronze medal in the K44 female -58kg division which featured 12 athletes. After a first-round bye, Salinaro defeated Brazil's Suelen Modro by a 5-2 margin. In her semifinal match, Salinaro lost a 12-2 decision to eventual gold medalist Lisa Gjessing from Denmark.

In the K44 male +75kg competition, Evan Medell took home a bronze medal in a very competitive field of 21 athletes. Medell reached the medal round with victories over Turkey's Recep Ozdemir (27-1) and Germany's Hasim Celik (21-19). His day would end with a 26-21 loss to Croatia's Ivan Mikulic who went on to capture the silver medal.

FULL POOMSAE RESULTS

FULL SPARRING RESULTS