De los Santos hikes gold collection to 23

Published November 24, 2020, 3:43 PM

by Waylon Galvez

World No. 1 James De los Santos captured his 23rd gold medal with a win against Alfredo Bustamante, 25.7-24.3, in the Golden League Karate e-Tournament after results were posted Tuesday.

It was the fourth gold for the 30-year-old De los Santos for this month, which solidified his grip for the top spot in the ranking for e-kata male senior’s category of the World Karate Federation.

Though he was under the weather, De los Santos said he was able to perform well when he submitted the video Monday.

“I’m really happy that I’ve won this 23rd gold medal,” said De los Santos.

“I won it while I was sick – but don’t worry, it’s not COVID-19). I felt slightly dizzy, but I still managed to perform well. That’s how it is when you’re trying to achieve a goal: there will always be challenges.”

“Like unstable Internet, the typhoon season, and now catching a cold. These were humps on the road, but they haven’t stopped me, because the more I wanted to win and remain on top of the rankings.”

After he earned a bye in the quarterfinals, De los Santos defeated Matias Moreno Domont of Switzerland in the semifinal, 25.4-23.9, to clinch a spot in the final round of the tournament.

As for Bustamante, he downed Silvio Cerone-Biogioni of South Africa 23.9-23.8 in the quarterfinal, and Murilo Alves of Brazil 24.5-23.1 in the other semifinal pairing to advance in the final.