The proud Karate Queen shows off her well-deserved gold medal
by Jack Wright
Spain is excited about Sandra Sanchez being crowned as the World Karate Champion. At the recent 24th World Karate Championship (6-11 November 2018), held at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Sanchez grabbed the world 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 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 extra-excited about their karate kid winning the World Championship is that karate is one of the five new sports that will join the Olympic Summer Games for the first time in 2020. That will be in Tokyo. The country thinks Sanchez’s World Championship win this year will make it that much easier for her to bag the Olympic gold medal.
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World Karate Championship 2018 logo, Fair use
*Source: Sandra Sanchez’s website
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