MANILA, Philippines — Asian Games bronze and SEA Games gold medalist Junna Tsukii notched a bronze medal in the Female Kumite 50 kg category of the Olympic-qualifying Karate 1 Series A in Santiago, Chile.
Tsukii, one of the country’s top prospects for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, dropped a 2-1 victory over Germany’s Shara Hubrich in the Repechage round that propelled her to win the bronze medal.
She drew her first round bye in the Preliminaries before dominating Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan, 2-0. Then she later fell to Venezuela’s Yorgelis Salazar, 5-7.
After winning the SEA Games gold, Tsukii was controversially bullied by national coach Okay Arpa – an issue that she confessed in social media.
Tsukii targets to continue her medal momentum when she competes in the Karate1 Premier League in Paris from January 24 to 26 in a bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. (Lloyd Tagbago/IAMIGO/Currentph.com)