Davao judoka competes in SEA Games Friday

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DAVAO City's Jenielou Mosqueda aims to improve her bronze medal finish in Indonesia two years ago when she makes her debut in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games judo competition starting Friday, December 20, at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Mosqueda, a former University of Mindanao standout, recently captured the women's -57 kilograms (kgs.) gold medal of the Southeast Asia Judo Championships also held in Nay Pyi Taw.

She claims to be in high spirits going into the SEA Games, saying, "Iyong chance na mag gold nandyan naman po lagi."

Mosqueda, along with fellow Dabawenya Ruth Dugaduga, however, moved up weight since their 26th SEA Games stint in Indonesia.

"Umangat kami ni Ruth ng timbang. Ako nasa -57 kgs. lightweight na si Ruth naman +78 kgs. heavyweight na. Mahirap na kasi mag maintain ng under 52 kgs sa age ko so favorable naman ang weight change sa akin. Advise an rin ng coaching namin ang pagdagdag namin ng timbang," said Mosqueda, who is among those rooted by the national judo team to win a gold.

She and the rest of the team, including Fil-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe, Helen Dawa, Nancy Quillotes-Lucero, Gilbert Ramirez, Bryn Quillotes, Lloyd Dennis Catipon and Angelo Gabriel Catipon, trained in Japan before the bi-ennial Games.

Mosqueda said she has been training how to overcome the height advantage of her possible opponents, adding, "I'm ready to fight 99.9 percent. The one percent - my old injuries pero pwede pa po."

She also said that a half-Japanese player from Thailand holds the title of her new weight category.

When asked about the chance of facing a player from the host country, Mosqueda said she'll just need to make clear throws to avoid biased judging that cost the fights of Filipino boxers including Nesthy Alcayde Petecio who hails from Davao del Sur.

It can be recalled that Petecio fought a Myanmar boxer in the 57 kgs finals. She outpunched her rival every round, yet, the hometown bet still prevailed in the judges' score cards.

National judo coach Dionisio Lucero, in recent reports, predicted his wards can win seven gold medals in Myanmar also citing Watanabe who has trained in one of the best judo schools in Japan.

Dugaduga is yet to see action on Saturday.

"Chances are chances (laughs)," she replied via Facebook when asked about her chances to win the gold in the Games.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 19, 2013.


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