Kristina Cheeks of the Association Do Shotokan of Guyana (ASKG) is the top medal winner from her Dojo’s entry at the 2012 International Karate Daigaku (IKD) World Cup held in Toronto, Canada on July 8th-9th.
Kristina medaled in all five of her age group events, obtaining gold in Team Enbu, Team Kata Bunkai and Individual Kata. Silver medals were won in Team Kata and Individual Kumite.
Also winning multiple medals were Leah Shariff with 5, Alexander Cheeks with 5, Christy Dey with 4, Samuel Ming with 3, Tariq Dundas with 3, Shaqueille Agard with 3, Theresa Sampat with two, Patrick Cheeks with two, Roger Peroune with 2 and Prince Alguedowan with 2. Nathalie Gibson got gold in Adult 20-39 Kumite while Jason Jerrick got bronze in Adult 20-39 Team Kata Bunkai.
The tournament, which was the first World Cup held by the newly formed IKD, attracted over two hundred participants from ten countries including sport power houses Jamaica, USA and host country Canada.
The opening ceremony, on day 1, preceded the Team Enbu, Team Kata Bunkai and Team Kata which set the pace for the Individual Kata age group events.
Competition was expectedly high and close with separation by tenths of a point in some instances. The system used the flag system for the elimination rounds down to eight finalists. In the event of ties, rematches were done to decide who went forward to the next round. Seven judges were then used, for the final, in a points system. The highest and lowest scores were ignored and the remaining five tallied.
In the Boy’s 18-19 Individual event, Lisandro Aldana of Venezuela won gold with 37.1 points to edge out Samuel Ming on 37.0 points with Eric Hing (Guyana Karate College) third with 36.9 points.
Nathalie Gibson was unfortunate when she lost out in a rematch in the 20-39 Individual Kata semi-final.
Cheeks, Dey and Shariff were outstanding as a team and barely lost out on the teams gold sweep when they finished second to Canada in the 14-19 Team Kata event. Shane Rahaman confirmed his Kata class with a repeat of the gold he won in Panam 2010. Ming also moved up and took part with Patrick Cheeks and Roger Peroune in the elite Adult 20-39 Team Kata event and got the bronze also by a 0.1 point margin from silver medalists, Barbados. Canada won the gold.
Kumite events were then completed on day two. Nathalie Gibson was the lone gold medalist in the elite 20-39 Individual Kumite event. Gibson showed superb attacking speed and that combined with solid defence and counterattacks took her to the gold medal.
Samuel Ming, Kristina Cheeks and Theresa Sampat lost in the finals and had to settle for silver, while Leah Shariff got a bronze.
Christy Dey was unfortunate to be disqualified for opponent contact in the first round of her Individual Kumite event. Shane Rahaman also lost 1/0 in the first round when the ring referee did not register his signaled scoring point and time ran out. Patrick Cheeks, Roger Peroune and Jason Jerrick showed great determination in the elite Individual Kumite event and Cheeks got through to the third round before he was eliminated. His second round match was tough when his opponent decided to brawl but Cheeks kept his composure for the win.
The full results are:
8-13 Male Team Enbu (Group A) – Alexander Cheeks, Tariq Dundas, Shaqueille Agard – Silver
8-13 Male Team Kata Bunkai (Group B) – Cheeks, Tariq Dundas, Shaqueille Agard – Gold
14-19 Female Team Enbu – Kristina Cheeks, Christy Dey, Leah Shariff – Gold
14-19 Female Team Kata Bunkai – Kristina Cheeks, Christy Dey, Leah Shariff – Gold
20-39 Male Team Kata Bunkai – Patrick Cheeks, Roger Peroune, Jason Jerrick – Bronze
8-13 Male Team Kata (Group A) – Alexander Cheeks, Tariq Dundas, Shaqueille Agard – Silver
14-19 Female Team Kata – Kristina Cheeks, Christy Dey, Leah Shariff – Silver
20-39 Male Team Kata – Samuel Ming, Patrick Cheeks, Roger Peroune – Bronze
10-11 Female Individual Kata – Theresa Sampat – Silver
12-13 Female Individual Kata – Leah Shariff – Silver
12-13 Male Individual Kata – Alexander Cheeks – Bronze
14-15 Female Individual Kata – Christy Dey – Bronze
16-17 Female Individual Kata – Kristina Cheeks – Gold
16-17 Male Individual Kata – Shane Rahaman – Gold
18-19 Male Individual Kata – Samuel Ming – Silver
10-11 Female Individual Kumite – Theresa Sampat – Silver
12-13 Female Individual Kumite – Leah Shariff – Bronze
12-13 Male Individual Kumite- Alexander Cheeks – Silver
16-17 Female Individual Kumite- Kristina Cheeks – Silver
18-19 Male Individual Kumite – Samuel Ming – Silver
20-39 Female Individual Kumite – Nathalie Gibson – Gold
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