The third sparring day’s action featured the Lightweight and Heavyweight divisions with USA athletes Alex Ahlstrom (M-LW) Jennifer Daye (F-LW), Stephen Lambdin (M-HW) and Danielle Harrison (F-HW).

Alex Ahlstrom opened the day with a close match against Spain’s Raul Martinez Garcia. The match went point for point with Ahlstrom leading until a third round spin-roundhouse bonus point score by Spain. Final score was 5-4 Spain.

Jennifer Daye took on Switzerland’s Nina Klay. The match remained scoreless through the first round, despite strong punches by Daye. Klay scored a single body-shot for a 1-0 victory over the USA.

Danielle Harrison in Women’s Heavyweight fought China’s Yongtong Zhang in a dead-even matchup. Harrison remained the aggressor through regular time which ended in a 2-2 score to force overtime. In the overtime round neither fighter scored a clean point and the judges resorted to ROS (Rules of Superiority). Local favorite Zhang took the judges' decision.

USA’s veteran heavyweight Stephen Lambdin also fought China in the first round. China’s Yi Zhang seemed no match for Lambdin’s repeated clean scores. After an unsuccessful video review by China, the judges questioned the functionality of the Lajust PSS system and brought in a Lajust technician after an obvious clean body shot failed to register. After testing the system, scoreless kicks continued to a 0-0 regular time finish. Lambdin landed a resounding early fast-kick which failed to register a touch, followed by an inexplicable counter-point by China’s Zhang who won 1-0. Zhang was eliminated in the next round in another scorelsss match against Turkey who won by judges Rules Of
Superiority. Turkey continued through to the gold medal match.

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-- Alex Antipa, Team Manager