The term "hat trick" in sports refers to winning three times, and on Sunday evening during the final bout of the two day ROBO-ONE 11 competition, Dr. GIY and Yokozuna Great finished an absolutely perfect hat trick.
Back in January, Dr. GIY won the ROBO-ONE Grand Prix Championship competing in numerous bouts over a period of six weeks. Then on Sunday, against an extremely tough field of robot competitors, his robot managed to win the championship for its weight classification, and went on to fight Chrome Kid for the ROBO-ONE 11 Grand Championship.
The 32 robots that qualified for the final day's bouts were divided into two equal groups of 16 by weight. By point of reference, the final rankings for the heavier classification was KZR-5 (32cm 2.9kg) in 3rd place, Ivre (35cm 2.95kg) in 2nd place, and Yokozuna Great (40cm 2.9kg) in 1st place.
For the lighter weight classification the ranking was King Kizer (40cm 2.7kg) in 3rd place, Taekwon-V (43cm 2.6kg) in 2nd place, and Chrome Kid (38cm 2.61kg) in 1st place.
Just to win its robot weight classification, Yokozuna Great had to win four really hard matches. Then, with only a short break to catch his breath and swap out batteries, Dr. GIY had to have the robot back in the ring and ready to do battle.
Dr. GIY always shows the utmost respect for the other competitors and fans alike. After the final match with Chrome Kid he took the time to thank and shake hands with the opposing team before he picked up Yokozuna Great and turned to the crowd for a lot of well deserved applause. Extremely humble and modest, yet a really tough competitor, he's a great role model and mentor to many of the people involved hobby and competitive robotics.