7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

A battle of wits, with her trusty eevee on watch.

Only at 7 years old, Simone Lim has not only emerged as champion in the recent International Pokémon Championship—she has also won the hearts of audience and netizens. Simone Lim pokemon

The 2020 Pokémon Oceania International Championships were held in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend. 

The young Singaporean battled it out with opponent, Justin Miranda-Radbord—who is twice her age—in the Junior Championships grand final for Pokémon Sword and Shield, on 23 February 2020.

It was Simone’s first major tournament, according to Mashable.

Despite being a relatively new trainer, she eventually beat Justin who had previously won multiple International championships as well as last year’s Oceania title. She even won cash money for herself.

A Battle of Wits: Simone Lim Pokemon
 
Both Simone and Justin were caught in a tie, with the final game as the deciding factor. 
 
It was a “precarious situation” for Simone in the final game as her “lineup” was just struck down to one Pokémon, whereas Justin had two. 
 
She had to “read” Justin carefully if she wanted to win. With a clear calculated move, Simone used the ‘Tyranitar’s Crunch’ that led her to victory. 
 
7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

It was a “sick” move, according to netizens on Twitter. | View full video here on Simon Lim Pokemon

About her victory? That shy smile on Simone’s face tells it all. Her friend also came to give her a hug.

Absolutely priceless.

simone lim pokemon

Photo: Screengrab from source

 
7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

“When you’re trying to be a good sport, but you’re too short to reach across the table for a handshake.” | Source

 
7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

View video here.

 
Thanked her friends, family and coach

Simone also thanked her friends, family and coach while clutching her Eevee plush during an interview of her win, according to Mashable. 

simone lim pokemon

Simone clutching her eevee toy which is almost as big as her. | Photo: via jasonthinks / Twitter

And not to forget Simone’s eevee, who was like a pillar of support during the competition.

 

7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

One of the most competitive video games that the internet has ever seen, Simone has garnered herself quite a few fans who totally ‘ship’ her. 

7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

7-Year-old Singaporean Is Champion At 2020 Pokémon International Championships

Congratulations to Simone once again for her victory!

simone lim pokemon

View the full video here. | simone lim pokemon

You may view the VGC Junior Division Finals, here.

Full tournament here

Also READ: ‘Gone Viral’, a Singaporean Teacher’s Poem About Coronavirus, Goes Viral

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Jia Ling

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