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James De Los Santos captures gold in Inner Strength tourney

Gold number two for James De Los Santos in 2021. From his Facebook account
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--James De Los Santos took home his second gold medal of the year after winning the Inner Strength International E-Tournament.

The world number one eKata player right now defeated Nejc Sternisa, 25.4-24.6, in the final, whose result was released on Thursday.

De Los Santos first defeated George Phillips of Great Britain in the quarterfinals before beating outright semifinalist Matias Domont of Switzerland for the right to face Sternisa.

With the win, De Los Santos, which prior to the tournament has already amassed 19,470 points, is expected to widen his lead over Domont, the world number two with 10,020, in the eKata rankings.

However, the biggest winner of the day is De Los Santos' student, Fatima Hamsain, who won two golds in the same tournament

Hamsain, ranked number 46 in the female under-16 division, first stunned world number six Jelizaveta Vasiljeva of Latvia in the final of the said category, 24.1-23.8.

Hamsain made waves in the female under-18 division by winning over Marie Zinecker of Germany in their own gold medal duel, 24-23.5.

Thanks to the under-16 gold, Hamsain will leapfrog significantly in the world rankings.

"This will further boost our standing in the eKata world rankings," De Los Santos said.

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