Tokyo: Sandra Sanchez crown Queen of the Kata – watch the world champion perform!
Tokyo: Sandra Sanchez crowned Queen of the Kata
Sanchez won karate’s first-ever gold medal at the Olympic Games beating Japan’s SHIMIZU Kiyou in a battle between two of the sport’s giants.
Spain’s Sandra Sanchez underscored her status as the queen of the kata. She won at the Nippon Budokan arena, the spiritual home of karate in Japan.
It was a fitting final on karate’s debut at the Olympic Games with two of the best kata specialists in the world going head-to-head.
Defending world champion Sanchez beat Japan’s SHIMIZU Kiyou in the individual kata final, scoring 28.06 points.
Producing a routine that belied her years, the 39-year-old Sanchez added to her growing legend. SHIMIZU earned the silver with a score of 27.88.
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