With the presence of 14 countries in 11 categories, the Pan-American Karate Championship took place in Lima for the first time, and Peru won a total of 7 medals.
The event was organized by the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) and it took place in the Eduardo Dibós Coliseum last weekend.
“Representatives from Brazil, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Mexico, among others, came to the capital to compete on a hard-fought weekend”, informed El Comercio, adding that the national delegation had five representatives that made it to the podium.
One of the gold medal winners from Peru was Naoto Yoshida Anderson, who achieved the first place in kata, in the category 15-16 years, beating two Canadians.
“Thanks to those who supported me to get this achievement in the Pan-American Championship of the JKA. It is a great prize that I am proud of “, said Yoshida to the media after finishing the competition.
At the team level, Peru also had good competition in kumite, achieving third place in the 15-16 and 17-18 year male categories, sharing the position with Chile. Brazil was the winner and Argentina was in second place, according to information from El Comercio.
As for the absolute winners, Brazil took the first place with more than 30 medals obtained. Peru achieved 6th place, just after Mexico.