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Tsukii won her first gold medal in the Karate Premier League after winning Moldir Zhangbyrbay from Kazakhstan in the 2kg kumite event for women on Sunday May 2nd defeated 2-0 in Lisbon, Portugal.
“Look at my first gold medal on the world caliber stage,” wrote Tsukii. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so far. This medal is for YOU.”
This will be a big boost in the Filipino-Japanese’s search for a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she has to emerge as number 1 in the Asian rankings.
Tsukii currently ranks 3742, 50 points 3rd place in Asia and 9th place in the world.
She has to overtake Iranian Sara Bahmanyar (5677.50) and world number 7, Ranran Li from China (4950), in the overall standings because of that Host country Japan is already guaranteed an automatic place.
In the 3rd round, Tsukii met Bahmanyar, the number 3 in the world, and won 2-1.
Apart from the qualification due to their Asian ranking, Tsukii has nor the chance to contest the four-year meeting in June at the Paris Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Paris, France. – Rappler.com
Beatrice, better known as “Bee,” is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler covering Philippine sports administration, national teams, soccer and the UAAP.
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