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James De Los Santos gets 3 golds as Christmas gifts

James De Los Santos ends the year with another hat trick. From De Los Santos' Facebook account
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—James De Los Santos is a happy man this Christmas as three more e-kata tournaments announced right on the holiday that he won them all.

De Los Santos first netted a gold in the Super Final of the Katana Intercontinental League 5, beating Nejc Sternisa of Slovenia, 25.38-24.18.

De Los Santos qualified for the final after ruling a five-man semifinal group that included Alfredo Bustamante of the United States, Silvio Cerone-Biagoni of South Africa, Botond Nagy of Hungary, Amund Hillestad of Norway.

De Los Santos actually repeated over Bustamante, 25.3-24.1, in the final of the Golden League Karate eTournament 4.

Prior to making the final, De Los Santos got the better again of Hillestad, who got a first round bye, in the semifinals.

De Los Santos first defeated Elias Ekman of Sweden in the quarterfinals.

The third gold for the day came from the E-Karate Grand Winner, beating Chrisley Philippart of Belgium, 25.4-23.4

Taking a first round bye, De Los Santos once again defeated Bustamante in the semifinals to set up the battle against Philippart.

"A Merry Christmas indeed," De Los Santos simply reacted.

As his 2020 season comes to a close, De Los Santos amassed a total of 36 golds, and pending the official count, he is set to end the year as the world's top e-kata player.

"It has been a blast," he added.

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