Sánchez named World Games athlete of the month after his sixth European karate title
Spain’s Sandra Sánchez was voted Athlete of the Month for May at the World Games after her sixth consecutive gold medal at the European Karate Championships.
Sánchez demonstrated her supremacy in the women’s kata event in Poreč, Croatia by beating Turkey’s Dilara Bozan 27.2 to 25.76 to stretch a race that started at the 2015 European Championships in Istanbul, a performance that won caught the attention of the International World Games Association, which rewards the monthly prize.
He highlighted Sánchez’s position as one of the favorites for a gold medal when karate makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 next month.
In addition to her success on the European stage, she also won a gold medal at the 2018 World Championships in Madrid and won the 2019 World Beach Games of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Doha.
Sánchez started practicing karate at the age of four but didn’t get a place in the Spain squad until he was 32.
A year later, in 2016, she was told she was too old to be more successful.
In 2017, however, she won a silver medal at the World Games in Wroclaw and maintained her exceptional form, even though she will be 40 in September.
Sánchez is even recognized by Guinness World Records for winning the most medals in Karate 1-Premier League.
She won 35 consecutive medals between January 2014 and February 2020.
Sánchez will receive a diploma as well as a branded gift from the official sponsor of the athlete of the month, Protective Life.
She joins this year’s Athlete of the Month World Games winners list, which includes American bowler Kyle Troup in February, Ultimate Frisbee and Australian football player Cat Phillips in March and Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira in April.
There was no prize in January.