FIL-JAPANESE judoka Kiyomi Watanabe snagged a bronze medal in the Dusseldorf Grand Slam 2018 in Germany over the weekend.
Watanabe, a three-time Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) gold medalist, beat Great Britain’s Lucy Renshall and France’s Maelle Di Cintio in her first two matches in Pool C of the Women’s -63KG division. She lost to Mongolian Gankhaich Bold in her third match.
Watanabe, however, had another chance to redeem herself in the repechage. She came back strong and beat Mexico’s Prisca Awiti and world No. 19 Ketleyn Quadros of Brazil to take the bronze medal along with Bold. On the other hand, No. 16 rated Adreja Leski beat Megumi Tsugane in the gold medal match.
Watanabe is continuing where she left of last year. She had an impressive run last year with a bronze medal in the Paris Grand Slam 2017, a silver medal in the Oberwart European Open 2017 and a gold medal in both the Taipei Asia Open 2017 and in the SEAG.
The 21-year-old Watanabe, who has a Cebuana mother and a Japanese father, is now ranked No. 24 in the world. (EKA)