In the International Sport Kickboxing Association Amateur Members Association (ISKA AMA) 2023 World Championships held in Munich, Germany from October 18-22, Jamaica concluded with a total of six gold medals, along with one silver and one bronze. The final day of the competition, Saturday, saw Jamaica secure three gold medals.
Richard Stone and Akino Lindsay were the standout performers, both achieving their third double-gold at an ISKA AMA World Championship. Additionally, veteran Nicholas Dusard clinched his first double, winning the men’s light-heavyweight continuous-sparring title in addition to his middleweight points-sparring crown which he earned on Friday.
Dusard’s journey to the final involved defeating Leonardo Mazzei from Germany in the opening bout, followed by a semi-final victory against Goncalo Ferreira of Portugal. In the final, he emerged victorious against Thomas Falmad from France.
Stone, who had previously secured double-gold in Jamaica 2018 and Ireland 2019, triumphed over Maik Radtke from Germany in the heavyweight continuous-sparring final. This win added to his points-sparring crown from Friday’s competition. Stone’s path to the final included a bout against Petr Kazda of the Czech Republic and a subsequent victory over Radtke, resulting in his third double-gold achievement.
Lindsay, who surpassed Stone as Jamaica’s most decorated ISKA AMA World Championships fighter last year, continued his winning streak with a third double-gold performance. Lindsay had previously earned double-gold in Montego Bay 2018, after winning continuous-sparring titles in Portugal 2015 and Greece 2017. In Germany, he defeated Philip Tiedemann from Germany in the first round and emerged victorious against Lars Hinkel in the super-heavyweight continuous-sparring final.
Lindsay’s impressive performance in Germany secured him a total of eight ISKA AMA gold medals, one more than Stone. Despite Stone missing out on the Greece 2017 championships due to exam commitments, he still remains a formidable contender.
Nicholai Reid, who had previously won gold in the International Sports Karate Association United States Open 2023, contributed to Jamaica’s medal haul with a silver in light-heavyweight points-sparring and a bronze in continuous sparring.
In the light-heavyweight continuous-sparring category, Reid emerged victorious against Nuc Dam Nguyen from Germany in the first round but suffered a defeat in the second round against eventual silver medalist, Thomas Falmad from France, whom Dusard outperformed in the final.
Unfortunately, middleweight Delano Francis sustained an early injury and had to be withdrawn from the competition.
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