Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Watanabe, Nakano bros suffer early exits in Judo Worlds

Kiyomi Watanabe was on the back foot the entire time and absorbed a loss off Brazil’s Alexia Castilhos in the second round of the women’s minus-63 kg of the 2021 World Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday.

As one of the highest ranked players, the 24-year-old Filipino drew an opening round bye, while her opponent had to deal with Great Britain’s Amy Livesey.

Castillos duplicated the technique that handed her first point in the first-round win, this time against Watanabe, to earn her a waza-ari. If not for the Filpino’s head and the Brazilian’s left arm, the uchi mata throw could have been a full point.

The four-time Southeast Asian Games champion tried to go for the ground throughout the match, but Castilho’s defense was tight and the latter eventually held on for the third round progression.

Twin brothers Shugen and Keisei Nakano were not fortunate either, as they also went home as early as the end of their respective first matches.

Shugen Nakano lost his men’s minus-66 first round match against Nathan Katz of Australia after taking a disqualification on accumulated shido (penalties) on Monday.

The following day, Keisei Nakano also suffered the exact same fate when he went up against 21-year-old Makhmaedbek Makhbekov of the RJF.

The Worlds serve as the final Olympic qualification tournament wherein judokas earn points towards the Olympic rankings. Watanabe is virtually assured of passage into her first appearance in the quadrennial Games on continental quota merit.

#ReadMore  2018 was the year of the Filipina athlete

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Kiyomi Watanabe is on the verge of clinching a ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This as the four-time Southeast Asian Games...


Kiyomi Watanabe fought hard but came up short of a medal in the 2021 Asian Senior Judo Championships, Wednesday evening (Manila time) in Bishkek,...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

With around P1.3 Billion of its funds redirected to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fund the country’s COVID-19 fight, the Philippine...

2019 SEA Games

SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA — Host Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia all bagged two golds each to open the curtains of the 30th Southeast Asian Games...

2019 SEA Games

BULACAN — The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee delivered on its promise of a “world-class” show as the 30th SEA Games formally opened...


The Filipina athlete has always made the country proud. But in 2018, they literally carried the country on their shoulders. Even before the Philippine...


In a finale between two heated rivals, Kiyomi Watanabe was unable to defeat IJF third-ranked Judoka Nami Nabekura, falling by way of two wazaris...


Kiyomi Watanabe advanced to the gold medal match of the women’s -63kg division, Thursday morning in the judo competitions of the 18th Asian Games...