Lim, Tsukii crash out of Dubai World Championships

Published November 18, 2021, 4:14 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Jamie Lim crashed out of the bronze medal contention after losing in the repechage round of the 2021 World Karate Federation (WKF) Senior World Championships (female kumite -61kg) Thursday, Nov. 18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Jamie Lim (left) and Junna Tsukii crash out of the 2021 World Karate Federation (WKF) Senior World Championships in their respective divisions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates over the week. (Photo from Karate Pilipinas)

Lim bid goodbye to her bronze medal hopes when she yielded to Lynn Snel of the Netherlands via majority decision.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Lim was just one step away from the semifinal only to suffer a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat against Ukrainian veteran and 2019 European Games champion Anita Serogina.

Jamie, the daughter of PBA legend Samboy, also edged Sarara Shimada of Japan and Laura Sivert of France, in Rounds 3 and 2, respectively, heading into the fourth round via majority decision.

She also scored a 4-2 win against Russian foe Alana Kochieva in the opener.

In an unexpected turn of events, Junna Tsukii, one of the country’s best hopes for a podium finish, suffered an early exit in the female kumite -50kg division counterpart.

Tsukii, the No. 2 ranked player in the Karate1 Premiere League, prevailed over Sara Radicevska of North Macedonia by way of majority decision in the opening round but lost to Bakhriniso Babaeva of Uzbekistan, 3-2 in the second round.

Unlike Lim, Tsukii saw her world championship campaign crumble sans the repechage round since Babaeva did not make it to the final after the Uzbek was defeated by Cylia Ouikene of Algeria.