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.