Halfway to the final competition of Judo competitions, the Japan trained Philippine judo team is off to a slow start and is yet to win a gold medal in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Zayar Theri Indoor Stadium C, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Close to winning a gold medal are defending SEA Games champion Nancy Quillotes (Lucero) and Helen Dawa.
First to see action in the opening day last Wednesday was Lucero in the women’s -45kg.
Lucero beat 2011 bronze medalist Orn Areeya Konggoen of Thailand in the semifinal round to set-up a gold medal battle against Sel Wee of Myanmar, the other 2011 SEA Games gold medalist. The gold medal battle was a close fight, with the Burmese winning the bout, relegating Lucero to silver medal finish.
On the other hand, Dawa, the SEA Games 2011 bronze medalist faced fellow 2011 bronze medalist Dewinda Ariani Trisna of Indonesia in the semifinal round. Dawa advanced to the final round via superiority, and faced the 2011 silver medalist Ngoc Tu Van of Vietnam. The Vietnamese proved stronger than Dawa and won the gold medal, while Dawa settled for the silver.
In the men’s division, 60kg entry Bryn Quillotes was beated by Myanmar’s Hein Latt Zaw in the quarterfinal round, but later on played in the repechage for the bronze medal against Vasira Sinthouboua of Lao where he was victorious in clinching the bronze.
The men’s 66kg entry, Lloyd Dennis Catipon was not so lucky and is the only juduka so far who has not won a medal of any color.
Catipon bowed down to Mochammad Syaiful Raharjo of Indonesia via superiority.
In action today are Gilbert Ramirez (73kg), Jenielou Mosqueda (57kg) and Kiyomi Watanabe (63kg).