Filipino Japanese karateka Junna Tsukii nabs gold in Serbia, strengthens Olympics bid

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Filipino-Japanese Junna Tsukii strikes gold during the recently held Golden Belt Tournament in Serbia. Photo from Junna Tsukii IG.

Filipino-Japanese karateka Junna Tsukii has won a gold medal in the 2021 Golden Belt Tournament held in Cacak, Serbia, strengthening her bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Philippines’ national athlete ruled the 50 kg category and defeated challengers from Montenegro, Serbia, and Croatia in the preliminary rounds of the competition. Tsukii fought another Croatian karateka in the finals and won, 2-1.

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Junna Tsukii shared about her recent victory in a Facebook post on March 28, 2021.

“I’m very happy to be able to fought with the top players in this time,” Tsukii wrote. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Serbian Karate Federation and to Roksanda sensei @roksandaatanasov for giving us such a wonderful opportunity. Let’s move on to take advantage of this experience.”

Tsukii is currently at the 10th rank in the kumite -50kg division in the World Karate Federations (WKF) ranking. She hopes to qualify for the Olympics through the Asian rankings, where the top spot will earn a slot to the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist is set to compete in the Karate1 Premier League in Lisbon, Portugal this April.

Junna Tsukii earlier bagged the kumite gold medal in the Invitational Championships held in the town of Aranđelovac, Serbia.

Filipino karatekas James De Los Santos and Fatima A-Isha Hamsain are ruling their respective eKata tournaments. De Los Santos is the reigning No. 1 World eKata player.

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