BAKU 20111

McPherson earns berth at World Olympic Qualifier

McPherson (Welterweight) will now join women's featherweight Diana Lopez, men's Featherweight Terrence Jennings and men's Welterweight Steven Lopez at the World Olympic Qualifier in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30-July 3.


U.S. National Team welterweight member Paige McPherson (Sturgis, S.D.) held fellow National Team member, lightweight Sanaz Shahbazi (Colorado Springs, Colo.) without a point for two matches in winning Thursday’s best-of-three fight-off in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and earning the right to represent the U.S. at the World Olympic Qualifier later this month.

Neither fighter was able to penetrate the other’s defense through three rounds of regulation in the first match and the score was deadlocked at 0-0, forcing a sudden-death overtime period. McPherson was the first to register a point in the extra session with a kick to the body to claim the 1-0 victory.

The second match started out much like the first contest with a scoreless first round. In the second round, however, McPherson scored two body shots and Shahbazi lost a point after two warnings which put McPherson squarley in the driver’s seat with a 3-0 lead at the end of two rounds. She was able to maintain that advantage through the third and final round to win 3-0 and claim the best-of-three series.

 

McPherson will now join women’s bantam/featherweight Diana Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas), men’s bantam/featherweight Terrence Jennings (Alexandria, Va.) and men’s light/welterweight Steven Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas) at the World Olympic Qualifier in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30-July 3. A top-three finish at that event earns the athlete a berth on the 2012 Olympic Team.

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Source: USATaekwondo.

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