James de los Santos wins 4th virtual title in karate
MANILA, Philippines — Filipino karateka James de los Santos won’t be denied for the third time.
De los Santos finally got back at world No. 1 Eduardo Garcia of Portugal, who had already beaten him twice in the past, to win the Athletes’ E-Tournament.
The 30-year-old De los Santos bagged his fourth fold medal in the virtual kata competitions after a narrow 25-24.9 victory over Garcia in the men’s kata seniors event.
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Victorious! I won my fourth virtual gold! 🥇 Just concluded the Athlete’s E-Tournament Series 1. Here are the results: Quarterfinals: Defeated USA 🇺🇸 Semifinals: Defeated Bolivia 🇧🇴 The final round was against Portugal 🇵🇹. This was the third time I faced him, and it’s been competitive. This was special as he’s No. 1 and I’m No. 2 in the world rankings for the E-Tournaments. This time, I was able to win the gold medal. 🥇 Thank you God for this opportunity and for keeping us healthy and safe. Thank you to my sponsors @kaffeacoffee and @cheat_day2020 . Thank you to my kata coaches from Japan, @masa090x and Kazuo Saito sensei, and to my parents for the guidance. Thank you to my conditioning coach, @jfuts . Thank you to my sempai Gierby Lacorte and tito @adoniscolonia1963 for continuing to let me use their Honbu dojo as the virtual tournament venue. Thank you to my supporters; to those who still believe in me. Keep moving forward! 👊🏻🔥🇵🇭 #karate #kata #competition #tournament #virtual #sport #sports #martialarts #gold #champion #hardwork #dedication
“This was the third time I faced him, and it’s been competitive. This was special as he’s No. 1 and I’m No. 2 in the world rankings for the E-Tournaments. This time, I was able to win the gold medal,” De los Santos wrote on his Instagram Wednesday.
His latest feat could propel him into the top of rankings after recently climbing to No. 2 following his victory in the Balkan Open.
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