MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas Tigers and De La Salle U Lady Archers seized the early lead after the first day of action in the 73rd UAAP judo competitions yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tigers grabbed two of the first three gold medals at stake, courtesy of half-heavyweight Benjamin Tan and middleweight Alexis Albor, to log a pacesetting 20 points with four events left in the men’s hostilities.
Tan defeated University of the Philippines’ Gerardo Payno via hante (decision) in the -100kg finale to cop UST’s first gold afterwhich Albor beat La Salle’s Butch Garret Albarracin via Ippon in the -90kg title match.
Closely behind UST were three-peat-seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles, who posted 17 points, spiked by Matthew Jao’s mint in the heavyweight division at the expense of fellow Atenean Salvador Reyes.
At fourth was DLSU with 11 points followed by UP with 9.
In the distaff side, the Lady Archers stormed ahead with 15 points, gaining from an all DLSU-finale in the half-lightweight division. Renalyn Benigay disposed of teammate NIkki More via Ippon to take the -52K gold.
The Lady Tigers occupied second spot with 10 points, courtesy of extra-lightweight Shallane Bello, followed by five-peat-seeking UP Lady Maroons with 7. Five more events will be played today.
Meanwhile, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets dominated the juniors competitions which made its debut as an official sport.
The Eaglets won six of the seven gold medals at stake to run away with the title wih 85 points. the UST Tiger Cubs, who clinched the mint in the half-heavyweight division, placed second overall with 29 points, followed by De La Salle-Zobel with seven points.
FONTE: Philippine Star