Spain Secures Two Gold Medals In Dubai

Two of Spain’s best walked out of the Karate 1-Premier League’s event in Dubai with their third straight gold medal, as Sandra Sanchez and Damian Quintero showcased world class performances.

Grand Winner Sandra Sanchez came through with an impressive performance against Hong Kong’s Mo Sheung Grace Lau in the Female Kata final, emerging the winner by unanimous decision 5-0.

“I am especially thrilled by this gold because since the start of this year we can see that the competition is getting harder and harder. I feel very proud because reaching this podium has a special meaning for me. I just hope that my (medal) streak continues!” said Sanchez.

It is the third time that the European champion takes the top of the podium in Dubai thus showcasing the domination of the Kata category in the events hosted in the Emirate city by the Spanish karateka.

“Dubai is like a second home to me. Everything started for me here. A few years ago, in 2014, when I was not in the national team, I came to the Dubai Open on my own. Then, I got noticed and I started getting capped for the national team. Since then, I started having opportunities to participate at the highest level. So, it is very special for me to come back here and take gold.”

Damian Quintero followed suit with a major upset over world title-holder Ryo Kiyuna of Japan. The World ranking leader and current World Championships runner-up won the bout by split decision 3-2.

“I think I made a good kata. I focused on myself, not on my opponent and I just wanted to enjoy being on top of the tatami. I am very pleased with this victory. Obviously, he is Kiyuna the world champion, but I take him as one more rival as we have a long way ahead of us”, said Quintero.

Damian Quintero together with Sandra Sanchez is the only competitor who had managed to win three times in Dubai. “I think I should buy a house here in Dubai because it seems that people really like me here!” joked Quintero.

“The important thing for me is to continue the progress ahead of the big goals we have this year, the European Championships, and, of course, the World Championships in Madrid,” added the Spanish Kata ace.


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