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MANILA—Brand new year, brand new gold medal conquest successful.
Right in his first e-kata tournament for 2021, James De Los Santos bagged a gold medal, ruling the first edition of the SportData eTournament World Series for the year.
The world number one e-kata karateka continued from where he left off last Christmas, beating Silvio Cerone-Biagioni of South Africa in the final, 25.3-24.5.
De Los Santos, who took a bye in the first round, first defeated Nicolas Perea of France in the Round of 16, 24.9-23.
De Los Santos would then beat Cornelius Johnsen of Norway, 24.5-23.1, in the quarterfinals and Germany-based Thai Nawapon Pattanasakoo, 24.6-23.8, in the semifinals.
"There will be more tournaments ahead, and this is a great motivator to start with!" De Los Santos said after confirming the results on Saturday.
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