Olympics: Kiyomi Watanabe suffers early exit in judo event

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Spain's Cristina Cabana Perez (white) and Philippines' Kiyomi Watanabe compete in the judo women's -63kg elimination round bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo: FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Spain's Cristina Cabana Perez (white) and Philippines' Kiyomi Watanabe compete in the judo women's -63kg elimination round bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo: FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Filipina judoka Kiyomi Watanabe made an early exit from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after losing to Cristina Cabana Perez of Spain in the Round of 32 of the women’s -63 kilogram event on Tuesday (July 27). 

Watanabe, the lone representative of the Philippines in judo, suffered a stunning result as she lost 10-0 via ippon just 38 seconds into her Summer Games debut at the Nippon Budokan.  

World no. 37 Cabana Perez caught an aggressive Watanabe, ranked no. 41, by surprise with a sumi-otoshi. The throw was ruled a waza-ari at first, but it was later deemed an ippon upon further review.  

The loss brought an end to the medal quest of Watanabe, a 2019 SEA Games gold medalist who served as one of the country's flag bearers in the opening ceremonies.  

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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