Manila Bulletin

De los San­tos: King of the world of e-kata

- By WAY­LON GALVEZ Sports · Martial Arts · Santos · South Africa · Africa · Portugal · Portugal national football team · Switzerland · Slovenia · Brazil · Brazil national football team · Maribor · World Karate Federation

World No. 1 James De los San­tos earned his 16th on­line gold medal as he edged Sil­vio Cerone-Bi­a­gioni of South Africa 25.7-23.9 in the fi­nal of the Golden League Karate e-Tour­na­ment Se­ries 2.

A day af­ter he claimed the No. 1 spot in the e-kata of the World Karate Fed­er­a­tion (WKF), the 30-year-old De los San­tos pro­ceeded to score a huge vic­tory to high­light his achieve­ment.

“I re­ally never thought that I would catch up, given that I was nearly 3,000 points be­hind when I be­come the No. 2 back in Au­gust,” De los San­tos said as he im­proved to 8950 points to sur­pass Ed­uardo Gar­cia of Por­tu­gal.

“That dis­cour­aged me for a while, un­til my kata coach Masa Saito, as well as my par­ents told me to be pa­tient and take one tour­na­ment at a time. That got me back on my feet. Then nearly three months later, I fi­nally achieved it.”

Gar­cia is now at sec­ond spot with 8575 points, while Cerone-Bio­gioni (4585) re­mains at third, fol­lowed by Ma­tias Moreno Domont of Switzer­land (4455) at fourth and Nejc Sternisa of Slove­nia (3980) is at fifth.

On his way to the fi­nal of the Golden League Karate e-Tour­na­ment Se­ries 2, the for­mer na­tional team mem­ber elim­i­nated Domont 25-24 in their quar­ter­fi­nal match and then downed Murilo Alves of Brazil 25.123.3 in the semi­fi­nal.

Early this month, De los San­tos ruled the 1st Euro Grand Prix and the 2nd e-Karate Games 2020.

Last month, De los San­tos had a siz­zling win streak as he won seven gold medals.

It started with the Tokaido Mari­bor Open eTour­na­ment, then the 4th SportData eTour­na­ment World Se­ries, the Hata­moto Kai Mi­tad Del Mundo E-Tour­na­ment, E-Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy World Se­ries, Miyamoto Musashi Five Rings and the 2nd Dutch Open E-Tour­na­ment.

He also won the e-Karate Games 2020 and the Ath­letes E-Tour­na­ment last Au­gust, the Balkan Open eTour­na­ment in July, the Korokotta Cup last June and the Pales­tine In­ter­na­tional Karate Cup last April.

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JAMES DE LOS SAN­TOS

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