SEA Games: Pinoy karatekas Junna Tsukii, Jamie Lim begin title defenses

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Posted at May 18 2022 04:41 AM

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Defending champions Junna Tsukii and Jamie Lim see action Wednesday as they launch their title-retention bids in karate competitions at the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium in Vietnam.

Tsukii, the 2019 SEA Games women's champion in the -50kg class of kumite (sparring), fights Vietnamese Dinh Thi Huong while Lim takes on Sirivimon Sirimounghoune of Laos in the -61kg class.

"We are expecting Junna and Jamie to defend their titles. We are expecting a few surprises from our kata players Rebecca (Torres) and John Enrico Vasquez," Karate Pilipinas president Richard Lim said.

Kata (form) events will start at 9 a.m. while kumite action begins after lunch. 
 
Seven female kata practitioners will show their skills in the individual event with Torres leading the charge, while Vasquez expects to display grace and great timing in the men's individual kata side against six counterparts.

Jayson Macaalay faces Vietnamese Vo Van Hien in the men's -60kg kumite while Matthew Manantan takes on Cambodia's Virak Bouth Chrun in the men's 67kg kumite class. 

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