(Left to right) Ethan Lohr, David Gentry, Fred Gentry, Josh Hubbard and Cassidy Knapp wear the medals they won at the 2012 World Martial Arts Games in August.

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Locals earn medals at Martial Arts Games

Published 11:18am Friday, August 31, 2012

United States Martial Arts Team members from Chilton County earned 13 of the country’s 128 medals at the World Martial Arts Games in August.

Five local athletes were part of the 2012 USMA Team that competed at the games in Bregenz, Austria.

David Gentry won a gold and two silver medals in taekwondo and continuous sparring; Fred Gentry won a gold and two bronze medals in taekwondo and continuous sparring; Josh Hubbard won three gold medals in jiu jitsu; Ethan Lohr won a silver and a bronze medal in taekwondo and continuous sparring; and Cassidy Knapp won a gold and a bronze in continuous sparring and forms.

The U.S. team’s 41 athletes competed against 14 countries and 300 athletes.

The final medal count for Chilton’s athletes was six gold, three silver and four bronze, comprising 7 percent of the U.S. team’s medals.

The final medal count for the U.S. was 128 medals, comprised of 68 gold, 40 silver and 20 bronze.

Every U.S. athlete won at least one medal each.

Tommy Denson of Delta was Alabama’s coach for the U.S. team.

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