Zolotic and Munoz Nab Medals at Rome Grand Prix

By Bill Kellick | June 09, 2019, 8:57 p.m. (ET)


(L to R) Anastasija Zolotic (2nd from right) on the podium with the women's -57kg sparring medalists; Adalis Munoz competing in first-ever Poomsae Grand Prix

(June 9, 2019) -- The World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Rome, Italy, came to a close Sunday with two American athletes earning medals in the three-day event. Anastasija Zolotic (Largo, Fla.) captured the bronze medal in the women's -57kg sparring division, while Adalis "AJ" Munoz (Fort Worth, Texas) won silver in the women's over 17 freestyle poomsae competition.

On Saturday, the 16-year-old Zolotic advanced to the medal rounds with victories over Jolanta Tarvida of Latvia (19-6), Nada Laaraj of Morocco (2-1) and Po-Ya Su of Chinese Taipei on golden point. In her semifinal match, Zolotic lost 26-11 to eventual silver medalist Hatice Kubra Ilgun of Turkey.

Competing in the first-ever Poomsae Grand Prix on Saturday, Munoz placed second to Korea's Jiyoung Lee.

Reaching the quarterfinal round in the sparring competition but falling just short of a medal were Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) in the women's -67kg division on Friday, and Jaysen Ishida (Waikele, Hawaii) in Sunday's men's -80kg action.