Junna Tsukii, Jamie Lim lead Filipino karatekas medal harvest at Asian Karate Championships

Junna Tsukii Asian Karate Championships
Karate Pilipinas team members brought home 2 silver medals and 4 bronzes in the 2021 edition of the continental tournament in Kazakhstan. Photo from Junna Tsukii FB.

Filipino champion athletes Junna Tsukii and Jamie Lim led the Philippine karatekas medal harvest at the recently concluded Asian Karate Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Karate Pilipinas team members harvested 2 silver medals and 4 bronzes in the continental tournament held at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Kazakhstan.

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Champion karatekas Junna Tsukii and Jamie Lim led the country’s delegation by winning a silver medal each after reaching the finals of their respective events.

Tsukii, currently ranked the world’s 4th best karateka from her previous career-high 2nd rank, made it to her first continental final with a 3-2 victory over Hawraa Al Ajmi of the United Arab Emirates.

The Filipino-Japanese karateka eventually bowed to hometown bet Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan, 9-5.

Filipina karateka’s gold-winning athlete Jamie Lim also fought for the gold in the final and eventually brought home the silver medal after besting the United Arab Emirates’ Sarah Alameri at 2-1.

Here are the Filipino players who brought home medals from the Asian Karate Championships in Kazakhstan held from December 18 to 22, 2021:

SILVER

  • Junna Tsukii, senior female -50 kg kumite
  • Jamie Lim, senior female -61kg kumite

BRONZE

  • John Vasquez, U21 men’s individual kata
  • Sakura Alforte, women’s -21 kata, women’s senior kata
  • Remon Misu, women’s Under-21 61kgs of kumite

Team Philippines also reaped 19 golds and finished 2nd overall in the recently concluded Mombasa Open Tong-Il Moo-Do (TIMD) International Martial Arts Championship in Mombasa, Kenya.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the Filipino karatekas who have bagged six medals during the Asian Karate Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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