The national judo team bagged seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2013 Southeast Asian Judo Championships held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Veteran campaigners Gilbert Ramirez, Bryan Quillotes and Helen Dawa led the charge of the Filipino judokas as they ruled their respective weight classes. Ramirez topped the men’s -73-kilogram event while Quillotes reigned supreme in the men’s -60-kg. category and Dawa dominated the women’s -48-kg.
Dennis Lloyd Catipon (men’s -66kg), Jenielou Mosqueda (women’s -57kg), Anjo Gumila (men’s -90 kgs) and Filipino-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe (men’s -63kgs) also won gold medals for the squad.
Filipino-Japanese Kenji Yahata settled for silver in the men’s -90-kg. while another Filipino-Japanese Kodo Nakano (men’s -81-kg.) and Salvador Reyes (men’s +100-kg.) chipped in one bronze each.
The national squad is fresh from a training camp, organized by the Philippine Amateur Judo Association (PAJA), in Tehran, Iran under veteran Iranian coaches and trainers as part of its build up for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games scheduled in December in Myanmar.
So far, there are two qualified judokas for the Myanmar SEA Games based on the records of the Philippine SEA Games Task Force. They are Nancy Quillotes and Ruth Dugaduga. Nancy is the reigning SEA Games champion in the women’s 40-45-kg. while Dugaduga won a silver in the women’s 78-kg. of the 2013 Hong Kong International Judo Tournament last March.
The PAJA is looking to surpass its one-gold, six-bronze medal showing in the 2011 SEA Games held in Palembang, Indonesia.