PH karate bets fall in Olympic qualifiers


Posted at Jun 14 2021 01:38 PM

Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jamie Lim bowed out of contention in the Olympic Qualification Tournament for karate on Sunday night in Paris, France.

Lim had a promising start in the +61kg category, beating Alisa Buchinger of Austria in the first round, 3-2.

But she bowed to Tunisia's Jemi Chehinez, 7-2, in the second round to wrap up her stint in the qualifiers.

With Lim's elimination, none of the eight-member Philippine delegation managed to secure a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics through the qualifiers.

Junna Tsukii, another SEA Games gold medalist from 2019, crashed out in the -55kg division, losing 2-1 to Ivet Goranova of Bulgaria after having gotten a bye in the first round.

Only the top three finishers in each division will secure their tickets to the Tokyo Olympics.

Tsukii still has a slim chance of qualifying via continental quota.

Another contender, Fil-American karateka Joane Orbon, was bundled out in the second round of the -61kg division. She lost to Carolina Arsenio of Portugal, 2-0.

Other members of the team were: Ivan Agustin, Sharief Afif, Jayson Macaalay in the kumite, and John Enrico Vasquez and Sarah Pangilinan in the kata.