TWENTY two gold medals and counting.
World karate champion James De los Santos added another gold medal to his collection by winning the Athletes E-Tournament Cash Award Series 2 e-kata individual senior’s male category last Tuesday.
De los Santos won over Matias Moreno Domont of Switzerland, 25.4-24.6, in the final to clinch the gold medal.
That brought De los Santos’ total haul to 22 golds in a colorful career that saw him dominate his rivals with surprising ease and become the World No. 1 in online karate competitions.
“I’m happy to win my 22nd gold.This will add more points to help me widen the gap in the virtual e-kata world rankings,” said De los Santos, who took over the No. 1 spot from Eduardo Garcia of Portugal.
The 30-year-old De los Santos vowed to work even harder in the coming tournaments.
“I am looking forward to more tournaments for me this month. I stay motivated,” added De los Santos, who also topped the NOX Dojo Markham City Open last Saturday, and the Okinawa e-Tournament World Series 2 last Sunday for his 20th and 21st gold.
De los Santos prevailed over Moreno, 25.3-24.2, in the NOX Dojo, for his 20th gold medal.
His 21st gold came in the Okinawa e-Tournament where he won over Alfredo Bustamante of the United States, 24.8-24.4.
“Thank you God for this opportunity.Thank you to my sponsor Kaffea Healthy Coffee Blend. Thank you to my kata coach Masa Saito,” wrote De los Santos.
De los Santos expressed his gratitude to Kazuo Saito and Nozomi Yamanaka, conditioning coach Jay Futalan, MKKPI chief instructor Gierby Halog Lacorte and Adonis Colonia for their support.