Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gain

first_imgMOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Born in Cebu City and raised in a town near Mt. Fuji in Japan, Kiyomi is the third in a brood of five. Irene is married to Japanese Sinero Watanabe.The family transferred to Japan when Kiyomi was 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is the first time her father was watching, he also didn’t approve of her playing judo at first,” bared Irene.On Saturday evening, both parents were cheering for her at the sideline as she pinned down Orapin Senatham for the gold. She also beat the Thai for the gold two years ago. READ: Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold“She doesn’t want me giving interviews during her matches,” said Irene. “She wants to keep it low key.”Irene was the opposite as she unabashedly gave pointers during the -63 kilogram final.“We can’t tell. There are many factors like the mat,” added Irene as the crowd counted for themselves to 20 seconds for the ippon win. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Kiyomi Watanabe after winning the gold in judo in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR—If her mother had the choice, Kiyomi Watanabe should be spiking volleyballs instead of hurling opponents to the mat.But Irene Watanabe, who used to play volleyball, said her daughter would secretly train in judo in school. She ended up becoming MVP and things were never the same again.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img

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