Sandra Sanchez (ESP) is reigning World Champion in Karate, and last week in Croatia she won the European Championships for the sixth time. After the European Championships she was chosen to be among the first qualified karatekas for the Olympic Games 2021 in Tokyo, where Karate makes its Olympic debut. Sandra Sanchez is The World Games Athlete of May 2021!
Sandra Sanchez started with Karate at the age of 4. However it took a long time and lots of perseverance for her to get to the level she enjoys now. She earned her place in the national team at 32 years of age, but at 33 in 2016 she was told she was too old to succeed further. In 2017, however, she won a silver medal at The World Games, and in 2018 she became World Champion in the women's individual kata event on home soil in Madrid, Spain. She has also won the gold medal at the European Karate Championships in six consecutive years (2015 – 2021).
Sanchez is recognised by Guinness World Records for winning the most medals in the Karate1 Premier League; she won 35 consecutive medals between January 2014 and February 2020. She is the current World Ranking leader.
You will get to learn more about Sanchez and her incredible career in an interview to be published later this month.
As The World Games Athlete of the Month, Sandra Sanchez will receive The World Games Athlete of the Month diploma as well as a branded gift from the Official Sponsor of Athlete of the Month, Protective Life.
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The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in The World Games.