AFTER WINNING THE KARATE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SPAIN IS NOW EYEING THE
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL VIA SANDRA SANCHEZ
Spain is excited about Sandra Sanchez being crowned as the Karate World Champion. At the recent 24th Karate World Championships (6-11 November 2018) held at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Sanchez grabbed the gold medal in the female kata competition after four years of topping the European Championships. She beat Kiyou Shimizu of Japan, World Champion in 2014 and 2016.
Sandra is, as the World Karate Federation would say, ‘the best of the best’ in the karate Premier League. Like the 37 medals she’s won so far, she’s 37 (born on 16 September 1981) in the small city of Talavera de la Reina south of Madrid.
She says about herself: “While competing, it looks like I am a serious and even a cold person. Nonetheless, this is not my personality at all. In fact, most people change their minds about me once they know me better, since I am a very talkative person who enjoys laughing.”
Sanchez considers herself “a funny, restless and playful munchkin, full of dreams and enthusiasm. I am in love with karate, which makes me feel overjoyed at my career.”*
What’s making Spain so excited is the vision of an Olympic gold medal less than two years from now. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, karate will form part of the sports competition. That will be in 2020, at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Spain thinks Sanchez’s winning the World Championship this year will make the Olympic gold that much easier to achieve, what with morale running high and the skill and experience of the Spanish karateka piling up over time.
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Karate World Championships logo, Fair use
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Olympics 2020 logo, Fair use
*From her official website