The Spanish woman, the outstanding leader of her group after the first three qualifying kata, will fight in the final (12.50 h.) With the Japanese Kiyou Shimizu
- Sandra Sanchez The medal that cannot be escaped
Sandra Sanchez, the girl who was angry because they signed her up to dance and not to krate, like her brother Paco. The young woman who did not hesitate to leave the High Performance Center in Madrid to watch over the illness of her mother, Mara Isabel. The karate fighter who dominates the world in the specialty of kata has already fulfilled part of her Olympic dream. This afternoon at the Nipon Budokan, mid-morning in Spain (12.50 h.), Fight with the local Kiyou Shimizu in the final, gold or silver already insured.
“I have come to do such good and perfect katas, that they are worth the Olympic medal. If we take out everything we have trained on the mat, we will never be a failure,” said the talaverana in the previous one, who did not fail in her first three attempts. The look of defiance, the buzz of the karategi. Sandra soon took the lead in her group, with an average score of 27.4 in the first two kata.
Then, in the final, he performed the Papureni kata, one of his favorites, and again he was close to perfection. An average score of 27.86, very far from her rivals in the group, which take her directly to the final, where she will face her great rival, who also dominated her group. “I thought I was going to be more nervous but I felt very good. Let’s go for the gold!” Jess del Moral, her husband and coach. And before taking a break towards the grand finale.