Filipino-Japanese karateka bagged the gold medal after beating Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan in a 2-0 victory in the Female Kumite – 50kg final, during the World Karate Federation (WKF) Premier League on May 2, Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal.
The 2019 SEA Games gold medalist made the title round after knocking off the two-time world champion Alexandra Recchia of France in the semifinals on May 1, Saturday.
The victory solidified Tsukii’s chances of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, where the top four athletes in the world rankings will gain an automatic slot in the Olympics. She is currently the fifth-best karateka in her division in Asia and tenth overall in the world.
“I have been waiting for this moment for over a year,” she said. “My matches here were very difficult. You can tell that the top karatekas in the world are here.”
Tsukii will also join other national athletes like Jamie Lim and Joan Orbon in the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament set in Paris, France this coming June.