LONDON — Team Philippines lost another man on Friday as judoka Tomohiko Hoshina suffered a quick defeat at the hands of South Korean Kim Sung Min in the 30th Olympic Games at the Excel Arena.
Lacking in aggression, the 25-year-old Filipino-Japanese lost by ’ippon’ to the powerful Korean, who dominated the action from the start before eventually winning after only one minute and five seconds of the six-minute heavyweight contest.
"He’s too good for me, " said Hoshina through an Olympic interpreter.
The son of a Japanese national married to a Filipina from Malolos, Bulacan, Hoshina found himself an easy foe for the veteran Korean, who came up with a crushing thud five seconds into the second minute.
Riner, seeking his first Olympic gold medal which is the only victory missing from his collection, debuted with a victory over Janusz Wojnarowics of Poland in the fist match of the day’s program.