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Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ

KUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi rocked the judo competition after a shocking ippon victory over a four-time champion Sunday in the Southeast Asian Games at KLCC Hall 3.

The 16-year-old Kobe, Japan-native pinned down Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in less than one minute of the -70 kilogram final to secure the country’s second gold of the competition.

Mariya Takahashi. Photo from @sportsdeshph twitter account
Takashi was very pleased over her feat but she could not express her emotions because she can’t speak English or Filipino.

“I’m happy,” said Takahashi through her coach, Rio Olympian Kodo Nakano.

Takahashi competed for the Philippines in the Jigoro Kano Cup held early this year here.

Author: Marc Anthony Reyes, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/262661/sea-games-2017-philippines-mariya-takahashi-wins-gold-judo-shocks-thai-champion-surattana-thongsri

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