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    Another PH fighter falls in Rio as Fil-Japanese Kodo Nakano loses to Italian in judo debut

    Aug 9, 2016
    Fil-Japanese judoka Kodo Nakano talks to reporters after the loss. Jerome Ascano

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Fil-Japanese judoka Kodo Nakano lost in his Olympic debut when he was beaten by Matteo Marconcini of Italy via ippon in the first round of the men’s -81 kg division at the Carioca Arena 2.

    Nakano, a last-minute call-up for the Games, was sent crashing out of the competition as his bid ended at one minute, 19 seconds into the match.

    “Lakas ng power ng Italy,” said the Tokyo-based Nakano in halting Tagalog.

    Nakano bared he prepared for the Olympics for only week after being a late entry of the Philippines when an Iranian judoka pulled out days before the start of the competition.

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    Fil-Japanese judoka Kodo Nakano talks to reporters after the loss. Jerome Ascano
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