ASIAN GAMES: Pinay judoka Watanabe fights for PHI's 5th gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 30, 2018 03:33 PM
Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines takes down Mongolian Gankhaich Bold during their semis match.
JAKARTA --- Kiyomi Watanabe advanced to the finals of the women's judo -63 kgs. and could give the Philippines its fifth gold in the 2018 Asian Games later Thursday.
The Fil-Japanese, ranked No. 10 by the International Jude Federation, needed only a minute and 45 seconds to win by Waza-ari over Gankhaich Bold of Mongolia that put Watanabe on the right track to add another gold medal to the country’s coffers.
The Philippines currently earned four gold medals courtesy of weightlifter and Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, two from women’s golf and from female skateboarder Margielyn Didal.
Watanabe will take on Nami Nabekura of Japan, the reigning back-to-back Grand Prix champion and former world junior titlist, in the gold medal match later at 5:48 p.m.
Watanabe qualified in the semis after a one minute and 17 seconds win by Ippon against world No. 204 Orapin Senathan of Thailand.
Watanabe repeated over Senathan whom she beat for the gold in 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.