Online karate: De los Santos eyes three more gold medals this week

Published September 8, 2020, 5:10 PM

by Waylon Galvez

James De Los Santos
James De los Santos celebrates after beating Nejc Sternisa of Slovenia 25.9-23.4 in the final of the e-Karate Games 2020. to bag his fifth gold medal in an online meet. (Photo from James De los Santos)

Despite his latest wins, online karate wonder James De los Santos said he isn’t resting on his laurels as he looks to continue his string of victories when he competes in three tournaments this month, including the prestigious SportData eTournament World Series.

 The 30-year-old De los Santos bagged two gold medals last Monday, which increased his haul to eight, plus two silvers and two bronzes since April.

De los Santos claimed his seventh gold medal in the Miyamoto Musashi Five Rings event, while his eighth gold came with a triumphant bid in the 2nd Dutch Open E-Tournament.

 This month’s schedule includes the Golden League event and the 4th Adidas Karate World Open, both ongoing. The SportData E-Tournament World Series is set to begin Friday.

 “I can say that I’m prepared for the next tournaments to come,” De los Santos told Manila Bulletin.

“One of these tournaments I will be participating in is the most prestigious one, which is the SportData eTournament World Series. Each gold medal is worth 400-plus points in other virtual tourneys.”

“But with the SportData eTournament World Series, the amount of points is four times that of the other events. That is why I’m really preparing for this tournament.”

De los Santos also captured gold medals in the E-Champions Trophy World Series last Sunday, the e-Karate Games 2020 last Thursday, the Athletes E-Tournament last month, the Balkan Open eTournament last July, the Korokotta Cup last June and the Palestine International Karate Cup last April.

Masa Saito, De los Santos’ Japanese coach, said that he wants his athletes to continue improving and become the No. 1 player in e-kata.

“Continuous wins are the sign of the champion. We never stop until it’s proven clearly,” said Saito, who hopes for De los Santos to get to No. 1, which is currently held by Eduardo Garcia of Portugal.

The 30-year-old De los Santos defeated Murilo Alves of Brazil 25.3-24.5 in the Miyamoto Musashi Five Rings final, and beat Alfredo Bustamante of the USA 25.4-24.7 in the final of the 2nd Dutch Open E-Tournament.