(October 23, 2017) -- Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) captured a bronze medal in the female -67kg division at this weekend's World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 3 at the Copper Box Arena in London.
McPherson opened the competition with a resounding 13-4 win over Italy's Daniela Rotolo in the round of 16, then reached the medal round with a 13-10 win over Korea's Jan-Di Kim in the quarterfinals. In her semifinal match, McPherson took on Lauren Williams from Great Britain. The two had fought a few weeks earlier in the final of the President's Cup in Las Vegas with Williams coming out on top. Despite a valiant effort in the rematch on Friday, McPherson lost a 32-36 decision. Williams went on to win the gold medal with a 43-23 victory over world champion Ruth Gbagbi from the Ivory Coast.
Fighting in the same division, Amanda Bluford (Plymouth, Minn.) lost her opening round match to Uzbekistan's Nigora Tursunkulova, 21-8.
Elsewhere, in the men's -80kg division, Thomas Rahimi (Irving, Texas) defeated Australia's Jack Marton, 10-9, on a golden point in his opening match, but then lost a 14-5 decision to eventual bronze medalist Aaron Cook of Moldova. Jaysen Ishida (Waikele, Hawaii), also competing in the men's -80kg class, lost his opening match to Italy's Roberto Botta, 14-5.
In the men's +80kg action, both Stephen Lambdin (Colleyville, Texas) and Jonathan Healy (Spring, Texas) dropped their opening matches. Lambdin lost on a golden point to Croatia's Vedran Golec, while Healy was defeated 7-3 by eventual silver medalist Rafail Aiukaev of Russia.
Madelynn Gorman-Shore (Littleton, Colo.) lost her opening match in the women's +67kg division, a 21-12 decision to Great Britain's Jade Slavin.