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2010 Pokémon World Champions Announced

by Annette Gonzalez on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:45 AM

Tens of thousands of Pokémon enthusiasts battled it out to be named victor at the 2010 Pokémon World Championship competition that took place on August 14 and 15 in Hawaii. The competition was narrowed down to roughly 375 players from more than 25 countries where five world champions emerged as victorious.

At this invite-only event, trainers engaged in games of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Trainers competed for custom DSi XL systems, vacations, trophies, and more than $100,000 in scholarships.

Congrats to the lucky bunch:

2010 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 1999 or later)
World Champion: Yuka Furusawa from Japan
Second Place: Juan Pablo Arenas from the United States

2010 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1995–1998)
World Champion: Jacob Lesage from Canada
Second Place: Mychael Bryan from the United States

2010 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1994 or earlier)
World Champion: Yuta Komatsuda from Japan
Second Place: Michael Pramawat from the United States

2010 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 1998 or later)
World Champion: Shota Yamamoto from Japan
Second Place: Santa Ito from Japan

2010 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion:  Ray Rizzo from the United States
Second Place: Yasuki Tochigi from Japan

For full details on the championship games, check out the official website.

U.S. World Champion Ray Rizzo