UST Judokas end first day with seven gold medals in UAAP
The UST Judokas made their way to the podium in seven categories of the UAAP Judo tournament.
The University of Santo Tomas Golden Judokas and Lady Judokas asserted dominance in the opening day of the UAAP season 79 Judo Championships on Saturday, in the De La Salle Zobel Sports Pavillion in Muntinlupa City.
The Golden Judokas recorded two golds and one bronze in the first day. The Lady Judokas swept most of the categories with a 3-3-1 gold-silver-bronze outing.
Returnee Luis San Diego toppled the -81kg after dismantling Joshua Colet in the finals round.
Renzo Cazeñas settled for Bronze medal in the -90kg category with the win over UP’s Gabriel Avendaño.
In the heavyweight (+100) division, Dither Tablan was able to notch the gold medal after defeating Ateneo’s Rafael Cadiente in a grueling golden score match.
“Expected naman talaga na pangfinals sila, pero alam nyo naman sa judo, maraming pagbabago, so far naman nakuha nila, so good.” UST Men’s head coach Steven Esteban said.
In the women’s division, Lady Judoka Miam Salvador snagged the gold medal against her team mate Alexis Belen in the -44kg. It was the same story for the -48kg category as Khrizzie Pabulayan went for gold along with her team mate Mae Yabas who won silver.
Veteran Sueko Kinjho got her third gold medal in row with the convincing victory against DLSU’s Charmea Quelino with an Ippon in the -52kg division.
Lei Tolentino was not able to snatch the 4th gold medal for UST as she succumbed to DLSU’s Marjorie Santiago in a golden score showdown.
“Deserving lang talaga na sakanila mapunta yun (referring to the victories) kasi pinaghirapan nila talaga yun” UST Women’s head coach Gerard Arce said.
In the Juniors division, the junior Judokas tallied a total of 0-2-6 medals with the silvers coming from David Dela Cruz in the -66kg and Daniel Amores in -73kg.
The girls division finished the first day with 2-1-2 medal tally. Both Louise Gabrielle Paaño and Sydney Sy secured the gold medal finish in -70kg and -78kg, respectively.
The second day of the tournament will resume tomorrow, Nov.20, at the same venue.