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Jamaican makes history in martial arts
Sheckema Cunningham’s medal was her first European championship gold and she has become the only non-European and only black female participant to have achieved the feat.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday January 23, 2013 - Jamaica’s sports minister Neita Headley has applauded Sheckema Cunningham a rising star in World Martial Arts who has created history.

Headley says Cunningham has placed Jamaica in the spotlight after capturing gold at the Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands over the weekend.

Cunningham’s medal was her first European championship gold and she has become the only non-European and only black female participant to have achieved the feat in the 750-strong line-up of competitors.

"Ms Cunningham has made Jamaica proud with her exceptional performance at the Dutch Open. I wish to commend her and the rest of the team, who worked long and hard to prepare for this event,” Headley said.

“This rising star has once again placed Jamaica in the spotlight and we are very happy to share in this glorious moment with her”.

Cunningham participated in the micro-weight division and defeated her Italian opponent in a close semi-final match before going on to defeat an opponent from Poland in the final.

In 2011, Cunningham along with Alrick Wanliss won bronze at the International Tae Kwon do Federation World Championships in New Zealand. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)

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