- Junna Tsukii scored yet another bronze medal in the 2020 Karate 1 Premier League Paris leg in France on January 26
- This came after winning a bronze medal on the same category in a league in Chile last January 12
- Her ultimate goal is to reach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Philippines’ top karateka Junna Tsukii is unstoppable as she bagged yet another medal in an international tournament two weeks after winning a bronze medal in an Olympic-qualifying event in Chile.
The Filipino-Japanese karateka scored a bronze medal in the 2020 Karate 1 Premier League Paris leg in France on January 26.
“Bronze medal at Paris open! I’m very happy because this is my first medal in Paris!” the Asian Games bronze medalist and 2019 SEA Games gold medalist said on Facebook after capping the tournament with a podium finish.
“After two tournaments, I received two bronze medals so I am starting the year off strong. I will keep working hard to prepare for the next premier league in Dubai! Thank you for all your support!” the national team member added.
She claimed the bronze medal after defeating Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela in the Female Kumite – 50kg category of the Karate 1 Premier League in Paris.
Prior to her stint in France, Tsukii also won the bronze medal in the same category in the Olympic-qualifying Karate 1 Series A in Santiago, Chile last January 12. Her twin victory came after over a month of clinching the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country where she claimed to have been ignored by the head coach of the Philippine Karatedo Team.
Despite the cold treatment she had allegedly received during the biennial meet, Tsukii went on to don the Philippine colors and win medals for the country.
“I want to be a helpful person in our society. And because many people make me happy and always helping me. I just want to give back to people the kindness that everyone has given me,” Tsukii said when asked what keeps her going amid challenges.