SEA Games: 3rd gold, more medals as Philippines continues strong judo showing

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2019 06:49 PM

Mariya Takahashi, 18, shows the gold medal she won in the women's under-70kg division in SEA Games judo on Friday. Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Mariya Takahashi won the country's third gold medal in Southeast Asian Games judo at Laus Group Events Center here on Friday.

Takahashi, a Filipino raised in Japan like many members of the national judo team, swept all of her 3 fights in the under 70 kilogram division to secure the victory.

She defeated Thailand's Surattana Thongsri in the third round of her final bout.

Meanwhile, 4 other Filipinos won bronze medals on Friday.

Shin Matsumura beat Jian Che of Singapore in the men’s over 100 kg to get the bronze, as Ryoko Salinas outgrappled Tahir Norrizatu Mohamad of Malaysia in the women’s over 78 kg.

John Viron Ferrer secured third place by beating Hoang Duong Nguyen of Vietnam in the men’s under 100 kg, while Carl Dave Aseneta beat Khamxay Vongphachanh of Laos for another bronze in the under 90 kgs.

The Philippines, led by now 4-time champion Kiyomi Watanabe, won 2 gold medals in judo on Thursday.

Shugen Nakano was the other judoka who won a gold that day.

Gilbert Ramirez snagged a silver medal while Rena Furakawa and Khrissie Pabulayan also scored bronze medals on Day 2 of the competitions.

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