Team USA Claims Four Medals at the 2008 AIBA Women’s World Championships
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - Four international newcomers took home hardware from the 2008 AIBA Women's World Championships, November 22-29 in Ningbo City, China. Welterweight Vanessa Jackson
(Columbus, Ohio) and light heavyweight Mioshia Wagoner
(Lawrence, Kansas) both won silver medals in their first World Championships. Bantamweight Cynthia Moreno
(Guadalupe, Ariz.) and heavyweight Tiffanie Hearn
(Louisville, Ky.) took home bronze medals in their World Championships debuts.
Jackson and Wagoner both recorded two victories in Ningbo en route to a berth in the final round. Jackson opened the tournament with an 11-5 victory over Australia's Naomi-Lee Rasmussen-Fischer in quarterfinal competition to advance to a semifinal bout with China's Qian Wang. She earned a 10-4 decision over the home country boxer to move on to a championship round contest with former World Champion Mary Spencer of Canada. Spencer won a 9-2 decision over Jackson in their championship bout, giving the silver medal to Jackson.
Wagoner's quarterfinal bout featured a match-up with Egypt's Nadia Mohamed with Wagoner claiming a 10-4 decision over Mohamed. She moved on to a semifinal contest with Romania's Fetti Paraschiva in her second bout of the tournament. Once again, Wagoner emerged victorious, taking an 8-4 decision to join Jackson in the final round. Wagoner faced China's Jie Li Tang in the championship bout, but dropped an 11-1 decision to take the silver medal.
Moreno entered the tournament fresh off a gold medal at the Women's Pan American Championships and she continued her winning ways early in the tournament. The 18-year-old won three bouts on her way to a bronze medal, beginning with a 10-4 victory over Germany's Cindy Metz in the opening round. She went on to win a convincing 15-3 decision over Mongolia's Suvd-Erdene Oyungerel in her second round contest to advance on to a quarterfinal match-up with Kumari Sushma. Moreno's winning streak continued in that bout as she claimed a 5-3 decision to earn a berth in the semifinals. Yet her run of victories ended in the semifinal round as she dropped a 10-0 decision to Engand's Nicola Adams to take home a bronze medal.
Hearn needed only one victory to earn a spot in the semifinals, and she recorded a convincing 12-2 win over Poland's Sylwia Kuziak to join her three teammates in the medal round. Hearn faced Turkey's Semsi Yarali in the semifinals and fell just short, dropping a 7-5 decision. Yet her efforts earned Hearn a bronze medal.
The four medals won by the U.S. team are the most for the nation since the inception of the Women's World Championships in 2001 in Scranton, Pa. Coaches Ted Palac (Hamtramck, Mich.), Harry Thomas (Stafford, Texas), and Bonnie Canino (Dania Beach, Fla.) led the U.S. team into competition in Ningbo City. Krysti Rosario (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) served as Team Manager for the event with Mike Rosario (New York, N.Y.) working as the AIBA Official and Dr. George Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) joining the squad as the Team Physician.