Kiyomi Watanabe nabs her 3-peat title in SEA Games judo; Nakano bags bronze

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Kiyomi Watanabe nabs her 3-peat title in SEA Games judo; Nakano bags bronze

PSC-POC Media Group

Kiyomi Watanabe bests Thailand's Orapin Senatham while Shugen Nakano places 3rd in the men's judo under 66 division


MANILA, Philippines (2ND UPDATE) – Filipino-Japanese judoka Kiyomi Watanabe scored her third straight SEA Games gold medal in the women’s 57-63kg division on Saturday, August 26 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The rising judo star went head-to-head with Thailand’s Orain Senatham, who had to settle for the silver medal once again. 

According to Philippine Judo Federation president David Carter, the 20-year old Watanabe was expected to finish on top, as she ranks 23rd in the world in her division.

Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Meanwhile, Shugen Nakano also bagged a medal in the men’s judo under 66 division.

Nakano grabbed the bronze alongside Thailand’s Surasak Puntanam. Malaysia’s Chong Wei Fu finished with the silver while Mochammad Syaiful Raharjo of Malaysia clinched the gold medal in the competition.

And in the under-73 kilograms division, Keisei Nakano added another bronze for the Philippines. –

Editor’s note: The men’s judo bronze medalist’s name has been corrected from Shugen Nagano to Shugen Nakano.  

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