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    Best Hopes for SEA Games Gold: Kiyomi Watanabe eyes judo four-peat

    Nov 27, 2019

    [All eyes will be on the Filipino athletes when the country hosts the Southeast Asian Games come November 30. And the pressure is on the Philippines to deliver not only a successful hosting of the Games but also win the overall championship - a feat it achieved the last time it hosted the conclave in 2005. The country is targeting at least 120 gold medals. Before the Games commence, Spin.ph lists down 15 of the Philippines' best gold-medal hopes. Here's the 11th part.]

    SINCE winning a bronze in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta, Kiyomi Watanabe has never allowed herself to settle for anything less than a gold.

    Going down from the 70-kg division to the 63-kg weight class proved to be a master stroke for the Fil-Japanese, who has won the gold medal in the past three editions of the biennial games.

    Her last conquest back saw her trample Orapin Senatham of Thailand in the finals to deliver one of only two gold medals for judo in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Watanabe is driven to sustain her golden run in front of home fans with the 30th SEA Games to be held here in the country.

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    Judo is seeking to double its gold-medal turnout from two years ago.

    Aside from Watanabe, also out to make an indebible mark on the mat are Mariya Takahashi, Heisi Nakano, Shugen Nakano, Shin Matsumura, and Riyoko Salinas.

    The judo competitions will be held from December 4 to 7 at Laus Group Event Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga.

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