Spain & Japan’s Best Set For Female Final In Rotterdam

Japan and Spain’s best made their mark on day one of the Karate 1-Premier League’s stop in Rotterdam, as two of their best are set for the female final.

Spanish Grand Winner, Sandra Sanchez, reached her second final of 2018, with a victory over Hikaru Ono of Japan in the semi-final. The winner of the Karate 1-Premier League’s event in Dubai will be looking to extend her record of 26 straight medals in international competition, and her 10th Karate 1-Premier League gold.

“I hope that the streak continues! Most of the times I am not really aware of how many medals I have won, and when people tell me about this, I am like ‘whoa, really?’”, said Sandra Sanchez about her impressive tally of awards. “This is the consequence of the hard work that we are putting into it. We never give up. We go every day to train as if we had never won anything and we face competitions with the same hopes and with the same excitement as the first time,” added the European champion.

Japan is also looking to impress as Emiri Iwamoto will attempt to be the person to halt Sanchez’ streak in the finals of the Female Kata.

Iwamoto, who took silver in the Karate 1-Premier League event in Paris, paved her way to the finals when she beat Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong in the semi-finals.

“I was very nervous, especially in the bout against Mo Sheung Grace Lau but now I am on the final and I just have to focus on that,” said Iwamoto who won gold in Rotterdam two years ago. “I like competing here very much. I have very good memories from my victory two years ago, so I hope to win here again!”, added the 29-year-old karateka.

Original Story: World Karate Federation

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