MANILA, Philippines – Jamie Lim captured the Philippines’ second gold medal in karatedo in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after ruling the women’s +61kg kumite on Monday, December 9.
Lim, the daughter of PBA legend Samboy, joined her father as a SEA Games gold medalist with a slim 2-1 victory over Indonesia’s Zefanya Ceyco before a rowdy crowd at the World Trade Center.
Seeing Ceyco knot the score at 1-1, Lim delivered a stomach hit to gain the lead before protecting it in the dying seconds to walk away with the top prize.
It was an impressive victory for the 22-year-old Lim, who took a four-year break from the sport to focus on her studies.
That hiatus resulted in her graduating summa cum laude with a BS Mathematics degree from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in June.
“After I graduated summa cum laude, I thought I won’t get the gold because I had enough luck this year. But trust really goes a long way,” Lim said in a mix of Filipino and English.
WHAT A YEAR for Jamie Lim!— Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) December 9, 2019
The BS Mathematics major graduated summa cum laude from UP Diliman in June and won a karatedo gold medal in the SEA Games despite stopping for 4 years in the sport to focus on her studies. #SEAGames2019 | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/Ir4dvp0JZr
“It’s just hardwork, and focus, and discipline. Everything that I learned from my parents, I saw it from them,” Lim said.
Earlier in the tournament, Junna Tsukii nailed the Philippines’ other karatedo gold medal in the women’s -55kg division. – Rappler.com