Heavyweights' day on the mats
Regional heavyweights continued their dominance in the SEA Games judo competition at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 yesterday.
In the opening women's under-63kg final, 18-year-old Kiyomi Watanabe defeated Thailand's
Orapin Senatham to win repeat her 2013 success.
Myanmar's veteran Soe Yan Naing, 36, also won his second consecutive gold in the men's under-100kg category. He held off the challenge of Thailand's Sitthipong Niemkunchon, 15 years his junior.
Another veteran, Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Nhu Y, 34, clinched the women's under-78 kg. Her victory was sweeter as Myanmar's two-time gold medallist Aung Aye Aye had beaten at the 2013 Games.
But there was no final glitter for Singapore as their best hope, Gabriel Yang, lost to Indonesian favourite Horas Manurung in the men's under-90kg category.
With Yang's silver and bronzes from Timothy Loh (men's under-100kg) and Tania Forichon (women's under-63kg), Team Singapore now have five medals, surpassing their best haul of four in 2013.