Filipino karateka James de los Santos secured a 17th gold medal in virtual kata by topping the Katana Inter-Continental Karate League e-Tournament, affirming his status as the world No. 1 in online competition.
The 2-time Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist also set the record for being the first virtual kata practitioner to score more than 26 points.
"17th Gold, and scored over a 26 for the first time!" said De los Santos in his Instagram post.
De los Santos first beat entries from Morocco and Slovenia, before setting up a gold medal match with Costa Rica.
"In the final round, I faced Costa Rica 🇨🇷 and snagged the gold medal. Not only that, but I won it as the first eKata player to ever score over 26!" De los Santos wrote. "To my kata coach, @masa090x 🇯🇵: this is a record for us!"
The victory boosted his status as the top ranking virtual kata player ahead of his rival, former No. 1 Eduardo Garcia of Portugal.