MANILA, Philippines – Meggie Ochoa stamped her name in Philippine sports history by crowning herself as the country's first world champion in the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF).
Ochoa added another gold in her trophy case as she reigned supreme in the women's -49kg division of the 2018 JJIF Championships at Baltiska Hallen in Malmö, Sweden on Sunday, November 25.
Aside from making history for the Philippines, the 28-year-old also became the first Asian to win a gold medal in a JJIF worlds.
After defeating Poland and France in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, Ochoa then toppled Ni Ni Vicky Hoang of Canada, 2-0, en route to clinching gold.
Hoang settled for silver while Poland's Anna Augustyn-Mitkowska and France's Laetitia Boes both nabbed bronze.
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