Silver lining

first_imgMOST READ JAKARTA—Kiyomi Watanabe ran smack into a superior Japanese enemy Thursday night and settled for second in the 18th Asian Games’ judo competition for women in the 63-kilogram class to give the Philippine campaign here its first silver medal and continue to improve on its last performance.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I was very nervous, I faced a strong player in this competition,” the 22-year-old Watanabe, born in Cebu to a Filipino mother but raised in Japan, said through an interpreter at Gelora Bung Karno’s Jakarta Convention Center. “It’s a very strong field.”Watanabe lost by ippon after a second waza-ari by world No. 3 Nami Nabekura with 1:53 left in the final, as the Philippines’ medal haul was jacked up to 4-1-13 (gold, silver, bronze) for 17th overall at press time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’China still leads this 45-nation meet with 230 medals in total, counting 108 golds, with host Indonesia the best-placed Southeast Asian country at fourth overall with 30-22-37.“A [silver] medal is OK,” Watanabe, who is ranked 19th in the world, said. “I was just very nervous in the last match. Coming to this tournament, we had a game plan, but I was just so nervous I could not execute.” View comments “With her present form, a top-five finish is not far-fetched,” coach Ani de Leon-Brown said of Mangrobang. “If she can step up her game, a podium finish is very possible.”Huelgas, a two-time SEA Games champ, and John Chicano are also raring to plunge into action.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Didal’s next stop: Tokyo LATEST STORIES How does the BPO industry help undergrad students? PLAY LIST 02:08How does the BPO industry help undergrad students?02:21What makes the Philippines the BPO capital of the world?02:01Gov’t economic team aims to achieve ‘regime of high growth’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In other judo bouts, Filipino Mariya Takahashi lost to Mongolia’s Naranjargal Tsend-Ayush in the 70-kg division’s repechage and missing out on a bronze.Also eliminated were Megumi Kurayoshi in the women’s 57-kg, and Keisei Nagano, who bowed out of the men’s 73-kg division after losing by ippon to Mohammad Mohammadi Barimanlou of Iran with 55 seconds left.Watanabe, who is a sports science student in Japan, was seventh in the same division in the 2014 Games in Incheon.Nabekura is the reigning two-time Grand Prix champion. She was also a former junior world champion, winning the event in 2015.Meanwhile, triathlon also gets going with the men’s and women’s team facing world-class competition and looking to surprise the continent. Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang will lead the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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