Jamie Lim, daughter of PBA legend, nails SEA Games karatedo gold

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. 

Jamie Berberabe Lim, daughter of PBA legend Samboy Lim, wins another gold medal for the Philippine karatedo team in the women's +61kg class. #SEAGames2019 | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/1DOPcHL8Tp — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) December 9, 2019

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! 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 — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) December 9, 2019

Only resuming her karatedo career after finishing her studies, Lim credited the discipline that propelled her to SEA Games glory to mother Darlene Berberabe and father Samboy, a PBA all-time great dubbed "The Skywalker" who won gold in the 1983 edition.

"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 

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.