The Philippine judo team and taekwondo team delivered two contrasting finish yesterday at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
All three judokas in action made it to the final round of their respective events, while of the three Pinoy jins in action yesterday, one did not advance to the medal round while the two others settled for bronze.
Fil-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe ruled the women’s -63 kg division after beating Thi Hoa Bui of Vietnam for the gold medal, while Gilbert Ramirez won over Iksan Apriyadi of Indonesia to clinch the gold medal in the men’s -73 kg weight class.
It was the country’s first two gold medals on Friday, and the first for Judo in this year’s SEA Games.
Jennielou Mosqueda settled for silver in the -57 kg class, after she was overpowered by Thailand’s Om Pongchaliew in the finals.
In taekwondo, women’s 49kg bet Ma. Isabelle Erika Mora loast to Thailand’s Phannapa Harsujin, 13-0, and failed to advance in the medal round.
Paulo Romero and Pauline Louise Lopez on the other hand defeated their respective opponents in the quarterfinal round to advance to the semi. But in the semi, Romero bowed to Lao’s Ryan Chong Wy Lunn and settled for the bronze medal in the men’s 63kg; while Pauline Louise Lopez also settled for bronze after she was beaten by Than Thao Nguyen of Vietnam in the semifinal round (4-0).
Last Wednesday though, Philippine taekwondo delivered 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze courtesy of Jade Zafra (57kg Gold), Christianal dela Cruz (80kg Silver) and Gershon Bautista (68kg Bronze)
In today’s action two judoka and five jins will gun for more gold medals.
Angelo Gumila (men’s 90kg) and Ruth Duguduga (women’s 78kg) capped off the judokas campaign on Saturday.
Also, Pinoy jeans seeing action today are Francisco Aaron Agojo (54kg), Kristopher Robert Uy (Men’s 87kg), Mary Angelay Pelaez (women’s 46kg), Jane Rafaelle Nara (men’s 73kg) and Kristie Elaine Alora (women’s 73kg).