Davaoeña shines in international judofest

Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan

AT THE age of 36 and already contemplating retirement, Jenilou Mosqueda still have what it takes to become a champion having clinched a gold medal in the Beautiful Terengganu International Judo Competition held at Gong Badak Sports Complex in Malaysia over the weekend.

The veteran national judo team member subdued compatriot Lei Tolentino of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) judo varsity team via Ippon by Newaza (grappling) in their women's half middleweight (-63 kilograms) championship match.

The Dabawenya, who hails from Lanang, also outclassed Nur Fatin Izzati Ahmad Rosca of Penang and Sitti Namah Abdul Manan of Terangganu in earlier bouts.

Mosqueda said, "Nag-abot mi sa Pinay gihapon taga UST naa sya sa taas nga bracket (I eventually clashed against another Filipina from UST who was on top of the bracket)."

The Philippines contingent emerged overall champion in the veteran category, hauling four gold medals, three silvers and five bronzes while Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI), Johor finished second with three golds, two silvers and three bronzes.

Host Terengganu copped two golds, three silvers and seven bronzes.

Helen Dawa (women's -57 kgs), Monica Pineda (women's -45 kgs) and Levyn Panganiban (women's -55 kgs) also clinched the golds for the Philippines.

Mosqueda, however, said another Filipina, a non-member of the national team, also won a gold.

The national team's stint in the just-concluded meet served as part of its preparations for the upcoming Southeast Asia (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But Mosqueda's weight category was among those scrapped by SEA Games host Malaysia.

"Three weight categories man lang gud ang gusto sa Malaysia sa SEA Games so dili ko makadula pero magdula ko sa Asian Indoor Martial Arts sa Turkmenistan (Malaysia only included three weight categories for the SEA Games so I will not be able to compete but I will see action in the Asian Indoor Martial Arts in Turkmenistan)," Mosqueda added. This tournament is set sometime in September.

She is also helping out with junior members of the national judo team for transition when she along with other veterans retire.

Mosqueda said there were a lot of potential young judokas but most of them don't endure the training program.