Athletes Qualify for U.S. National Team
July 14-17, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania:
Randy James (Right) and Gabriel Hall (Left) qualified for the USA Karate National Team at trials held July 14-17 at the David Laurence Convention Center in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
James, a sophomore at Saint Louis University, placed 2nd
in the menís 18-20 year old Elite Kata and 3rd
in Elite 18-20 (-84kg) Kumite. He will represent the United States at the
Pan-American Karate Federation (PKF) Championship August 22-29 in Guayaquil,
Ecuador. This is Jamesí third year qualifying for the team.†
(2015 Santa Cruz Bolivia, 2014 Cancun, Mexico)
Hall, a junior at Belleville East High School, placed 3rd in the menís 16-17 (+76kg) Elite Kumite division. He will serve as alternate for the same PKF meet. This is also Hallís third year qualifying for the team.
Also competing were Elyse Bedard and Mackenzy Fields who placed second in womenís 16-17 Advanced Team Kumite.
Thoren Bedard placed fifth in the menís 14-15 year old (-52kg) elite Kumite division.
All athletes train at USA Karate Sport Center in Swansea, Illinois. They are coached by Jeff Bedard and Monique Fields.
Karate is currently on the short list for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.† The sport is governed by the World Karate Federation (WKF) under scrutiny of the International Olympic Committee. USA Karate is responsible for selection of the U.S. National Team.
(Left to right: Jeff Bedard, Elyse Bedard, Randy James, Gabe Hall, Mackenzy Fields, Thoren Bedard)