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Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalists Junna Tsukii and Jamie Lim and the rest of the Philippine karate team aim to make the most of their last chance of securing Tokyo 2020 Olympic berths.
National karatekas Tsukii, Lim, Joane Orbon, Ivan Agustin, Shariff Afif, Alwyn Batican, Jason Macaalay, John Enrico Vasquez, and Sarah Pangilinan are set to compete in the 2021 Karate World Olympic Qualifying tournament from June 11 to 13 in Paris, France.
Podium finishers will secure a ticket to Tokyo.
Tsukii, who bagged her maiden Karate Premier League title, will banner the opening day’s events in the female -55kg kumite event.
The Filipino-Japanese world No. 8 fell short of qualifying via the Asian rankings, but is looking bring her top game into the Olympic qualifier.
Pangilinan will kick off the country’s bid in the female kata event, while Macaalay will contest in the male -67kg kumite event.
US-based Orbon will aim for a slot in the female -61kg event, while Agustin will participate in the male kumite -75kg on the second day. Vasquez will flash his skills in the male kata event.
On the final day, Lim will aim to work her magic in the female +61kg kumite event.
The daughter of PBA legend Samboy Lim rose to prominence after she graduated summa cum laude with a mathematics degree at the University of the Philippines, then bagged a 2019 SEA Games gold just six months after returning to the sport.
Afif will be joining the male +75kg event. – Rappler.com