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Golden start of PHL jiu-jitsu

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San Fernando — The Philippines continues its golden run in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as it raked in three more gold medals from the jiu jitsu competitions at the Laus Group Events Center here.

Filipina jiu jitsu bet Margarita Ochoa opened up the country’s golden salvo in the first day of competitions as she easily defeated Vietnam’s Dao Le Thu Trang with a 17-0 romp in the women’s under 45kg category.

The victory was even sweeter for Ochoa as the jiu jitsu competitions debut in this year’s staging of the biennial meet – making her the country’s gold medal pioneer in the discipline.

To recall, Ochoa – who banners the Philippines’ jiu jitsu squad — won bronze in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and in the same year, she became the country’s first champion in the Jiu-jitsu International Federation World Championship in Sweden.

Her golden performance also beefed up her chances to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, redeeming herself from the bronze medal finish in the 2019 World IBJJF Jiu-jitsu Championship in California after getting disqualified due to technicality last June.

Her compatriots, however, fell short of a gold medal as Jenna Kaila Napolis bowed to Cambodia’s Jessa Khan — who won via advantages — to settle for the silver medal.

In the men’s side, Carlo Angelo Pena made short work of Indonesia’s Richard Rengga in the men’s under 56kg division, outscoring the Indon 17-2 to clinch the gold in the two-day competitions.

Not to be outdone was Dean Michael Roxas, who snared the gold in the under 85kg division via a submission victory over Benjamin Jie Jun Chia of Singapore for a perfect score.

Marc Alexander Lim, however, settled for the silver medal after suffering a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Thailand’s Lertthaisong in the men’s under 69kg category while compatriot Dee Gian Taylor salvaged the bronze against Indonesian Ikhsan Ananda in the men’s under 62kg category.

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