HANGZHOU, China – Judoka Shugen Nakano was shown the door by Japan’s Ryoma Tanaka in the men’s -66kg round of 16 on Sunday during the 19th Asian Games at the Xiaoshan Linpu Gymnasium here.
The 26-year-old Southeast Asian Games gold medalist fell prey to the more assertive and fourth-ranked Tanaka, who completed his mastery of Nakano in just three minutes and five seconds.
Nakano started on the right track when the Filipino-Japanese defeated Kuwaiti Saoud Alamiri via ippon earlier in the round of 32.
Nakano was joined on the exit by Leah Jane Lopez, who surrendered to No. 2 seed Abiba Abuzhakynova of Kazakhstan on a Waza-ari in round 16 of the women’s -48kg category.
“Our judokas fought hard and played very well. Unfortunately, they were matched with the best seeds,” said Dave Carter, secretary general of the Philippine Judo Federation.
Tanaka, 21, advanced to the quarter-finals against Narmandakh Bayanmunkh of the United Arab Emirates.
However, all is not lost for Team Philippines as Tokyo Olympian Kiyomi Watanabe will take the mat on Monday in the women’s -63kg class, where the Filipino-Japanese took a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Watanabe is a four-time SEA Games gold medalist and twice finished third in the prestigious International Judo Federation Grand Slam in 2017 in Paris and 2018 in Dusseldorf.