Junna Tsukii clinches first PH karate medal in 2018 Asian Games

Delfin Dioquino
Junna Tsukii clinches first PH karate medal in 2018 Asian Games
The Filipino-Japanese secures the country's 12th bronze medal and 15th overall

MANILA, Philippines – The national karate team bagged its first medal to add to the Philippines’ haul in the 2018 Asian Games. 

Junna Tsukii secured the country’s 12th bronze medal and 15th overall after toppling Thailand’s Paweena Raksachart, 4-1, in the women’s -50kg semifinal at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia on Monday, August 27. 

“I’m 50 percent happy, but 50 percent I want gold. That’s why I’ll try to [win] next time,” the Filipino-Japanese karateka said.

After dropping a 1-2 decision to Uzbekistan’s Bakhriniso Babaeva in the quarterfinals, the 26-year-old Tsukii pulled off a 4-2 win over UAE’s Hawraa Alajmi in the repechage to advance to the bronze-medal match. 

“I lost [my first fight because] I played too hard. But I thought that I should relax, then if I relax, then I can do it,” Tsukii said after her Asiad debut. “This medal is not only for me, but for all.”

Tsukii, whose mother is Filipino, also snagged a bronze in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.  with a report from Beatrice Go in Jakarta/


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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.