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Asian Games: Meggie Ochoa gives PH 2nd gold in jiujitsu

Meggie Ochoa provides the Philippines its second gold medal in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou after winning the women’s jiu-jitsu final -48 kg class on Thursday. PSC-POC Media Pool
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—For the second straight season, the Philippines will bring home multiple gold medals in the Asian Games as Meggie Ochoa netted the country's second gold medal in the women's under-48-kilogram jiujitsu event at the Xiaoshan Linpu Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.

Ochoa beat United Arab Emirates' Balqees Abdullah in the gold medal match on Thursday.

Although both grapplers ended up scoreless at the end of the bout, the judges ruled Ochoa as the champion through an advantage, that is, Ochoa was in a scoring position but could not keep the position long enough to merit a point.

Ochoa earlier Mongolia's Odgerel Batbayar and Kazakhstan's Nazgul Rakhayeva before outpointing Thailand's Kacie Tan, 4-2, in the semifinals.

Tan would secure the bronze after blanking Mongolia's Uyangaa Tumuruu, 12-0.

The Philippines racked up four golds in the 2018 edition in Indonesia, and Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino hopes that the national team will at least match that output this year in Hangzhou.

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