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Dyer falls at the first hurdle

Promising start: Dyer faltered after pushing her opponent off the mat twice

Krista Dyer bowed out of the World Wushu Championships at the first hurdle in Jakarta at the weekend.

Dyer suffered a 2-1 defeat in her opening women’s 65kg match against Hergie Bacyadan, of the Philippines, and was eliminated from the competition.

The Bermudian kickboxer made a promising start after winning the first round. Dyer executed the game plan and closed the distance on her opponent who was pushed off the mat twice.

However, Dyer’s hopes of advancing were dashed as Bacyadan won the next two rounds to complete the win.

Also representing Bermuda at the championships are Sentwali Woolridge and Reyel Bowen who will take on their first round opponents tomorrow.

Woolridge will take on an opponent from Iran in the men’s 75kg division while Bowen, who is fighting in the men’s 85kg division, will square off with an opponent from Hungary.

Accompanying the team in Indonesia is Garon Wilkinson, the head coach, and Jermal Woolridge, the assistant coach, who became Bermuda’s first medal winner at the Wushu World Championships when he claimed silver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2013.

Jermal, who is a mentor of Bowen, is unable to compete at this year’s championships because of an injury.