Junna Tsukii did a great job in the Women’s Kumite -50kg event on Friday, the first day of the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA. This was the Philippines’ first gold medal (Saturday, Manila time).
Tsukii was born in Pasay City to a father from Japan and a mother from the Philippines. In the final, the Filipino-Japanese karateka beat Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela by 2-0 to win her first gold medal at the World Games.
It is only the second gold medal the country has won at the quadrennial event according to okbet top news. In 2017, Carlo Biado won gold in the men’s nine-ball singles.
Junna Tsukii beat Miho Miyahara
It was a comeback for the 30-year-old, who went 1-2 in the pool stage. Junna Tsukii beat Miho Miyahara of Japan, 4-3, in the semifinal to get to the gold medal match.
Salazar beat her 1-8 in their first match, which was a coincidence. Still, Tsukii was able to win when it was most important.
Team Philippines, which has ten athletes in the Games, got off to a good start with the karateka’s win.
“Mabuhay si Junna! Mabuhay ang Karate Pilipinas. At Mabuhay ang Pilipinas,” In a statement to the press, Karate Pilipinas president Richard Lim said.
Junna Tsukii won a bronze medal at the 2022 Vietnam Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. To prepare for her first World Games, she went to a two-week camp in Arandelovac, Serbia, led by Olympic and world champion coach Roksanda Atanasov.
Atanasov used to be the coach of the national team of Bulgaria. She trained Jovana Prekovic, who won the women’s Kumite -61kg gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and was a two-time world champion.
On the day before her competition, Tsukii said she was sure she would win the gold medal because “I was able to finish my training with my mind and body in tip-top shape.”
However, at the 2018 SEA Games in Jakarta, she won a bronze medal. At the 2019 SEA Games in Manila, she won a gold medal.
In addition, she won two gold medals in the Karate1 Premier League and one silver medal in the Continental Championships.
In okbet top news, also competing for the flag are cue artists Biado and Rubieln Amit, duathletes Kim Mangrobang, John Chicano, and Fernando Caseres, a Jiu-jitsu athlete named Annie Ramirez Muay Thai fighters Philip Delarmino and Lee Bade, and a powerlifter named Joyce Reboton.
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