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    Fil-Japanese judoka Watanabe one win away from Asian Games gold

    Aug 30, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JAKARTA – Kiyomi Watanabe will shoot for the gold on Thursday afternoon after reaching the final of women’s -73 kg in judo.

    The Fil-Japanese judoka beat Orapin Senatham of Thailand in the quarterfinals and Gankhaich Bold of Mongolia in the semifinals to advance into the gold medal match slated Thursday at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. Manila time) at the Jakarta Convention Center.

    Watanabe, who turned 22 last August 25, is now assured of the first judo medal by a Filipino since the sport was included in the Asiad calendar in 1986 - and a much better finish than her seventh place in the 2014 Asiad in Incheon.

    The reigning Southeast Asian Games champion, however, faces a daunting task in the final as she will be facing no less than last year’s Asian Championship winner, Nami Nabekura, of Japan.

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      Other Filipino judokas were not as fortunate as SEA Games gold medalist Mariya Takahashi lost in the women’s -63kg quarterfinals and in the repechage to miss out on a bronze medal.

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      On the other hand, Keisei Nakano was defeated in the men’s -73kg round-of-16 while Megumi Kurayoshi lost in her first match in the round-of-16 of the women’s -57kg.

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