Woolridge makes early exit from World Championships
San Shou fighter Jermal Woolridge bowed out of the 6th Sanda World Cup in China today.
The Bermudian made an early exit from the competition after losing 2-1 to Holland's Landeertjan Mulder in his +90kg division match. The Dutchman entered the competition at the last minute as a wild card replacement for Korean Sang Jung Lee.
Former World Champion Mulder relied upon his experience to come from behind to defeat Woolridge, who qualified for the Sanda World Cup after earning a podium display at last year's World Wushu Championships in Turkey, where he won the Island's first medal at this level.
Woolridge executed numerous takedowns and scored with both punches and kicks en route to winning the first round decisively.
But Mulder came roaring back and gained the upper hand in the fight as fatigue began to take its toll on his Bermudian rival.
Mulder managed to force Woolridge off the platform twice in the second and third rounds to seal the win.
According to international San Shou rules forcing an athlete off the platform twice in a round results in winning the round.
Commenting on Woolridge's loss, Bermuda coach Garon Wilkinson said: “It's heartbreaking to lose in the manner that we did. We won the first round convincingly and after Jermal fatigued he began to lose concentration.”
Despite falling short of expectations in China Wilkinson said Woolridge still has much to be proud of.
“The fact that he even qualified for the World Cup is a giant feat,” he said. “And I am proud at what Jermal and our association have accomplished for Bermuda.
“We have had a long fighting and with all the knowledge Jermal attained while training in Canada in addition to the training we received in China makes me excited for what the future holds.”
Mulder will now face China's Chen Yanzhao who defeated Ukraine's Rudkovskyi Oleksandr in today's remaining first round match in Thursday's final.
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