SEA Games: Samboy Lim's daugther Jamie Lim gets karate gold

SEA Games: Samboy Lim's daugther Jamie Lim gets karate gold

Its in the genes.

Jamie Lim just won the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Gamesshe defeated her Indonesian rival Ceyco Zefanya, 2-1, in the finals of the women's +61kg kumite in karate to secure another gold medal for the host country.

It would be the second gold medal for the Philippine Karatedo team, after  Junna Tsukii's triumph in the women's -50kg kumite a few days back.

Jamie Lim wither mom Atty. Darlene Bernabe
(screengabbed from ABS-CBN News)

Prior to winning gold Jaime defeated Malaysia's Audrey Japyus, 7-2, in the quarterfinal, then downed Vietnam's Thao Thi Bui, 5-1, in the semi-finals to set up a gold medal match with Zefanya.

What made Jamie’s feat truly worth emulating the fact that she stopped competing 4 years ago to focus on her academics- just this year she graduated Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian in  the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Science after finishing her degree in Mathematics. 

She started her training only last July for this SEA Games.

"Sobrang against the odds po, because 'yung mga kalaban ko, full-time athletes po sila. Nag-full time lang ako like five months ago," said Lim, who her coach Okay Arpa for her improvement.
"Karate has always been in my heart po, and 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, how special is that, 'di ba?" she added. 
"And the timing is perfect, I just graduated, I got my goal sa academics, and I think the signs just told me to. It's calling me, it's calling me to come back. So I just went for it, bahala na, just give it your all. It paid off."

Matching Skywalker’s gold

With her latest achievement she has match the achievement of her father, Samboy Lim, who won a basketball gold in the 1985 SEA Games. 

"Summa cum laude for mom, SEA Games gold is for dad," beamed Lim. "To even come close to him (Samboy), to be compared to him and mom, it's so big for me. Today is so special for me."

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