Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about judoka Kiyomi Watanabe

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Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Philippine Sports Commission/Facebook)
  • Kiyomi Watanabe is poised to become the first female judo athlete from the Philippines to ever compete at the Olympics.

Judo - 2018 Asian Games - Women’s -63kg, Gold Medal Match - JCC Plenary Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia - August 30, 2018 - Nami Nabekura of Japan and Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines in action. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe in action. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
  • She punched her ticket to the Tokyo Games after being granted qualification via continental quota in the women’s Under-63kg division, according to the official qualification of the International Jude Federation (IJF).

Silver medallist Philippiness Kiyomi Watanabe stands during the awards ceremony women's judo -63 kg at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 30, 2018. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP via Getty Images)
Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. (SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP via Getty Images)
  • She sits at No.41 in her weight-class rankings with 1,506 points.

Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. (Photo: Kiyomi Watanabe/Facebook)
Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. (Photo: Kiyomi Watanabe/Facebook)
  • The 24-year-old judoka is one of the most dominant forces of the Philippine contingent at the SEA Games, where she earned four gold medals and a bronze.

Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. (Photo: Kiyomi Watanabe/Facebook)
Filipino judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. (Photo: Kiyomi Watanabe/Facebook)
  • At the onset of her national team stint back in 2011, she competed at the 70kg division before moving down to 63kg where she has drawn more success in the sport in recent years.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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