Filipino World No. 1 eKata James De Los Santos starts year with World Series gold

World No. 1 eKata player
World No. 1 James De Los Santos claimed his first gold of the year from the 2021 SportData eTournament World Series. Photo from James De Los Santos IG.

Filipino World No. 1 eKata player James De Los Santos is starting the year strong with a gold medal finish from the 2021 SportData eTournament World Series #1.

The reigning world No. 1 eKATA player collected his 37th gold overall when he defeated South Africa’s Silvio Cerone-Biagoni, 25.3-24.5 in the final of the men’s kata event held on January 30, 2021.

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“First Gold Medal of the year 2021! I just concluded the 2021 SportData eTournament World Series #1, the most prestigious virtual karate tournament,” James De Los Santos wrote.

De Los Santos bested Nicolas Perea of France in Round 16, 24.9-23. He then went on to defeat Cornelius Johnsen of Norway, 24.5-23.1, in the quarterfinals, and Germany’s Nawapon Pattanasakoo, 24.6-23.8, in the semifinals.

“There will be more tournaments ahead, and this is a great motivator to start with!” De Los Santos adds.

The Philippines’ e-Kata champion James De Los Santos remains the World-ranked No. 1 bearing 18,020 points since securing the spot last October 2020, currently staying ahead of Switzerland’s Matias Moreno-Dormont (2nd) and Eduardo Garcia of Portugal (3rd).

James De Los Santos ended 2020 with a total of 36 gold medals and 6 Grand Winner Titles since joining online e-Kata tournaments last April.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipino karateka World No. 1 champion James De Los Santos who bagged his first gold medal of the year from the 2021 SportData eTournament World Series #1!

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