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Meet Simone Lim, 7-Year-Old Girl, the Pokémon Esports Champion

Simone Lim has become a seven-year-old Pokémon esports champion. She competed in the recent 2020 Pokémon Oceania International Championships VGC Junior Division and is now the new champion.

In order to win, Lim had to beat the defending champion, Justin Miranda-Radbord, who currently holds the record as 21-time Regional Champion and is almost twice Lim’s age. This was no easy feat but is incredibly impressive when you realize that this is Lim’s first year of competing.

Simone Lim, Pokémon esports champion

Lim ranked in the top four players in the Malaysian Regionals and at the Singapore Special Event. However, it’s her story in the finals of the Junior Division that tells a story worth making a movie out of.

Lim won the first match against the reigning champion, but then she lost the second. As you’d expect with all sports movies, Lim managed to come back in the third round for a big win and become the champion.

One of the best parts of the entire match is Lim’s win. She just sits there smiling with glee, clearly just happy to be there. I bet her smile wouldn’t have been wiped off even if she had lost that third and final match.

At age seven, her accomplishment is incredible, and she shyly explained in a post-match interview that she knew her opponent would use protect, but that she was nervous about the move. She continued to thank her friends, family, and coaches and will be continuing on to the World Championships in August.

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