Sanchez Uekusa Standout In Rotterdam
At this weekend’s Karate 1- Premier League’s event in Rotterdam, Sandra Sanchez and Ayumi Uekusa would standout with top honors.
Sanchez followed up a gold medal in Dubai, with her second gold medal of the season, when she defeated Emiri Iwamoto in the finals in Rotterdam
“For me it is like if it was the first one! I am really thrilled that I could get gold here. I think that I am in good form, but there is still room for improvement. I think I still haven’t reached my best and there’s a lot of work to do. I will continue working hard to get my goals,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez is on track to become one of the most decorated karatekas in history, with 29 consecutive medals in international competition.
Japan would have a strong weekend in Rotterdam, headlined by Ayumi Uekusa’s victory in the Female Kumite +68kg, defeating Hamideh Abbasali of Iran.
“Although I think this was not my best tournament, I am happy that I could get the gold medal. I will try harder in the next events. My goal this season is to win gold in every tournament, especially in the Karate 1-Premier League and in the World Championships,” said the Grand Winner.
“Each one of us in the Japanese team had the opportunity to participate in at least three events and everyone had a chance to prove themselves. I am sure that all the members of the team will continue working hard to improve their performances,” added the current World champion about the Japanese success at the tournament.