Davao's Mosqueda bags SEA Games silver medal

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

DAVAO City's Jenilou Mosqueda succumbed to OM Pongchaliew of Thailand in a very tight women's 52-57 kgs. finals match in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games judo competition held Friday at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Their gold medal showdown was stiff from the start as each judoka had a chance to score a point but they held each other to a scoreless draw, 0-0, at the end of the match. The Thail ended up with the gold as she only got one yellow card while Mosqueda had two. The latter snatched the silver instead for the Philippines, also improving her bronze finish in the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia.

"To God be the glory! Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng prayers at suporta kung wala po kayo wala kami dito. Mabuhay ang atletang Pinoy! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!," Mosqueda, a former University of Mindanao (UM) standout, posted on her Facebook Timeline after Friday's awarding rites.

Mosqueda, in a Facebook chat interview yesterday, said, "It was a tight fight", saying that she was playing the defending champion of the Games, a half Japanese and half Thai.

"Binigay ko naman po lahat. Amidst sa mag pagsubok before kami ma-confirm na maglaro sa SEA Games. Dumaan kasi sa butas ng karayom. Pinag qualify pa kami uli before maisali sa SEA Games. Two weeks lang din ang training namin sa Japan last minute pa (sighs). Iyong sa akin doon na talaga naka-base," Mosqueda added.

The country's judo team has hauled a total of two golds, three silvers and one bronze as of presstime yesterday.

Fil-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe, 17, and Gilbert Ramirez clinched the golds in women's -63 kgs and men's -73 kgs, respectively.

Another Davao City native Ruth Dugaduga was still playing in women's heavyweight division as of this writing.

The Games is set to close today with the Philippines still trailing at seventh place in the 10-country meet.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 22, 2013.


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