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Philippine Judo out of Olympics

on August 5, 2012

LONDON—Filipino-Japanese judoka Tomohiko Hoshina bowed to a taller, more nimble South Korean foe by ippon (full-point throw) Friday and tumbled out of the 30th London Olympics in just over a minute at ExCeL  North Arena 2 here.

 The 22-year-old son of a Japanese soldier from Shizuoka Prefecture and a Filipino mother from Malolos, Bulacan, didn’t stand a chance against the composed Korean veteran Kim Sung-min in their first-round heavyweight (plus 100 kilogram) clash.

 Giving away four inches in height, the 276-pound Hoshina gallantly tried to engage Kim in close-quarter combat only to be wrestled to the mat twice. The fateful conclusion came Kim scraped together a solid jersey hold and then briskly stepped sideways for the match-clinching throw.

 A split second after Hoshina’s feet cleared the mat, he landed hard on his back and out of his maiden Olympics.

The secondary school teacher from Fuji City became the eight Filipino athlete to crash out of these Games, leaving only BMX rider Daniel Caluag, long jumper Marestella Torres and 5,000-meter runner Rene Herrera to carry on for the 11-athlete Philippine contingent.



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