Karate: James de los Santos pockets 22nd gold of 2021, seeks to surpass previous record

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2021 05:31 PM | Updated as of May 27 2021 06:48 PM

Filipino karateka James De Los Santos has won his 22nd gold medal by topping the Athlete's eTournament World Series #3 online kata on Thursday.

The top ranked men's virtual kata player, who got past his Swiss counterpart in the finals, said he has set a new goal for himself.

"I'm aiming to surpass my record last year, which was 36 gold medals," De Lo Santos told ABS-CBN News.

He first defeated Ruud Karsten of the Netherlands in the semifinals before clinching the gold by outperforming Matias Moreno Domont of Switzerland.

It was De Los Santos' 58th gold medal in virtual kata, reinforcing his status as the world's top men's online kata player.

"I’ll have to join more tournaments this year to try to surpass my record. But it’ll also take hard training as well to reach that goal," said the Pinoy karateka on his new plan.

De Los Santos comfortably leads the world rankings with 4550 points followed by Silvio Cerone-Biagoni of Brazil who is at a distant second with 2450 points.

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