Nakano defends SEAG crown, bags 2nd gold for PH judokas

Shugen Nakano successfully defend his Southeast Asian Games crown and won the second gold medal for the Filipino judokas in the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 20.

Shugen Nakano in file photo (IFJ)

Nakano ruled the -66kg division and eked out a 1-0 victory over home bet Hoang Phuc Truong of Vietnam in the final at the Hoai Duc Gymnasium.

The 2019 SEAG gold medalist notched the lone point at the 3:07 mark off a reverse throw to catch Hoang off guard.

There was a late scare in the last five seconds, however, after Hoang executed an armbar on Nakano but time wasn’t enough to earn an ippon, a waza-ari, or a tapout.

Meanwhile, Khrizzie Pabulayan also clinched silver medal in the women’s -52kg while Bryn Quillotes settled for bronze in the -60kg category.

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