Rider wins national championship in taekwondo
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program martial artist Sgt. William Rider, seen here delivering a kick in the direction of Airman 1st Class Chris Moore during the Armed Forces Championships, was named Male Athlete of the Tournament after winning the featherweight division of the 2010 U.S. National Taekwondo Championships on July 4 in Orlando, Fla.

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 12, 2010) -- Sgt. William Rider was named Male Athlete of the Tournament after winning the featherweight division at the 2010 U.S. National Taekwondo Championships on July 4 in Orlando, Fla.

Rider, a martial artist in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, won his bouts by scores of 11-2, 8-2, 7-4 and 6-2. He also secured a spot in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Taekwondo.

WCAP taekwondo coach Sgt. 1st Class David Bartlett was named Coach of the Tournament. All of the Army competitors in the tourney are members of WCAP and stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.

First Lt. Steven Ostrander, a three-time national champion, lost 2-0 in the semifinals and took the bronze medal in the heavyweight division.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fennell (2-1) won two lightweight bouts but did not medal. Capt. Alexander White went 1-1 in the heavyweight class.

(Tim Hipps writes for FMWRC Public Affairs)

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