NANJING – The Philippines won two of three matches in badminton yesterday but had two bets in judo failing to land a medal in the first day of intense action in the second Asian Youth Games here.
Lea Inlayo dropped the first set against Cambodia’s Pichchoravy Ker but came back strong in next two en route to a 14-21, 21-9, 21-8 win in the third match of the day at the Nanjing Sports Institute Gym.
Alvin Morada then took the court but couldn’t get going against Japan’s Minoru Koga, losing in straight sets, 21-13, 21-18, before a small group of Filipino officials who came to watch the game.
Morada got off to a tentative start and trailed 12-7. But he gained some momentum and trimmed the gap to 12-11 before committing successive errors that gave the Japanese an 18-11 lead.
The Filipino went on to drop the opening set. Then it seemed he was ready to force a third set, leading 17-14, but losing point after point after point in taking a bitter loss.
After the loss, Morada shook his head as he walked past Philippine Olympic Committee vice president Jose Romasnta and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia.
Marky Alcala and Inlayo put order back in the Philippine drive later on when they won their mixed doubles match against Peoples Republic of Korea’s Kumsong Ri and Unjong Kim, 21-5, 21-9.
“Alvin was doing okay. His shots were okay. But when he had the chance to kill he made the errors,” said Philippine coach Lili Wang after Morada lost a match he should have won.
While the Philippine badminton team blew hot and cold, its judo bets tumbled against the strong opposition.
Miam Salvador lost to O Son Hui of Korea by Waza-Ari with Ketsa-gatame in 01:24 in the girls’ minus 44 kg while Floyd Derek Rillera bowed to Ahmed Aburumaila of Palestine by Shido in 4:00.
The twin setbacks left Renzo Cazenas and Jann Ken Raquepo as the only remaining bets in judo.
Weightlifter Elien Rose Perez also failed to live up to expectations by finishing eighth in the girls’ 48 kg with her effort of 55-55-60 in the snatch and a 70 in the clean and jerk for a 130 kg total.
China’s Jang Huihua won the gold with an 83 in the snatch and 100 in the clean and jerk for a 183 total. Silver went to Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya (70-90-160) and bronze to China’s Yao Lingling (67-85-152).
The Philippines’ seven-a-side rugby team was still playing Hong Kong as of press time as well as Emy Rose Dael, Jamaica Sy, Ryan Jacobo and Vince Oliva in table tennis.
The Philippines was also scheduled to play two games in 3-on-3 basketball with George Isaac Go, Patrick Ramirez and Andrei Caracut playing Indonesia as of presstime and Saudi Arabia at 9 p.m.
More Filipinos will see action Sunday under the searing temperature with the opening round in golf at the Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Club.
Princess Superal of ICTSI and Mia Legaspi sees action in the girls division while Rupert Zaragosa and Gabriel Thomas Manotoc will vie for the boys’ crown.
The Filipinos resume their bids in judo and rugby while Amparo Therese Acuna opens her own bid in junior women’s 10m air rifle at the Fangshan Shooting Hall.
Second seed Jurence Mendoza, who carried the flag for the Philippines in Friday’s opener, will see action for the first time at the Tennis Academy of China.