The Karate will already remain forever in the history of Spanish Olimpism. In his fleeting presence in a few games, the martial art that was born on Okinawa Island in the 14th century is going to leave two medals, the fierceness gold of Sandra Sánchez and the one that today firm Damián Quintero, in the final already after his first three Katas de la Morning.
The malagueño born in Buenos Aires, who left his engineer's work to pursue his dream, showed his solvency in the ranking round. He went as a first group, very prominent from the rest, after the first two attempts (27.34 of average note).
Afterwards, at the time of the third truth, he chose the Anan Dai - the same as his two rivals, had to overcome the 26.44 of the American Ariel Torres, and he executed him with his usual plasticity, putting, as he likes to say, "The heart" on the tatami of the Nippon Budokan. He broke for joy, in the embrace with the Jesús del Morale guru, after knowing his note (27.28), directly to the final.
This afternoon, Spanish noon (12.50 h.), Quintero will see them for gold with the local karateca, a full legend. Again, as happened on Thursday with Sandra, under suspicions the seven judges, pressured by the stage. World Champion in 2014, six times Champion of Europe and number one of the world ranking, at 37, Damián will have another beautiful duel with Ryo Kiyuna, four times world gold, in "hostile territory".
It is already, the 14th Medal of the Spanish Delegation in Tokyo 2020.Date Of Update: 05 August 2021, 23:14