On night he gets Gawad Lasalyano award, James De Los Santos wins 8th 2021 gold

On night he gets Gawad Lasalyano award, James De Los Santos wins 8th 2021 gold

From De Los Santos' Facebook account
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—It was a double victory for world number one e-kata player James De Los Santos on Friday night.

Just as La Salle feted him with a Gawad Lasalyano award for sports excellence, esports events website Sportdata also announced that De Los Santos also won the gold in the second edition of its E-Tournament World Series for this year.

De Los Santos edged Romanian opponent Andrel Nedelcu, 24.3-24, in the final.

Earlier in the event, De Los Santos defeated William Tran of Sweden in the first round, 25.4-24.3, Markus Hecht of Germany in the Round of 16, 24.5-23.2, Cornelius Johnsen of Norway in the quarterfinals, 24.5-23.4, and Silvio Cerone-Biagoni of South Africa in the semifinals, 24.9-24.1.

World number two Matias Domont of Switzerland did not participate in the event, which means Cerone-Biagoni, the world number three, can move up to second with his semifinal finish.

Meanwhile, De Los Santos, also an eight-time national champion, two-time Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist, and two-time world shotokan champion, expressed his gratitude to La Salle for the citation.

"Thank you again to my alma mater, De La Salle University - Manila, for the award and recognition!" he said on Saturday.

Follow him on Twitter: @IvanSaldajeno

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