Asian Games: Meggie Ochoa outduels compatriot Kaila Napolis for jiu-jitsu bronze

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2018 05:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2018 02:19 AM

Meggie Ochoa gave the Philippines its sixth bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

JAKARTA—(UPDATED) Meggie Ochoa got the Philippines’ sixth bronze medal of the 2018 Asian Games on Friday, as she outdueled compatriot Jenna Kaila Napolis in the women's’ -49 kg division of ju-jitsu at the Assembly Hall of Jakarta Convention Center.

Ochoa won the bronze medal match, 2-0, after both Filipina fighters were relegated to the repechage of the competition.

The 28-year-old Ochoa had been one of the Philippines’ gold medal hopes in the Asiad, but she bowed to Vietnam’s Duong Thi Thanh Minh in the quarterfinals.

“Walang score, pero naikutan niya ako,” Ochoa explained. “Nahuli ko siya sa deep half, pero mayroon siyang advantage for the past attempt.”

“So walang score, pero may advantage siya, kasi muntikan niya na ako ma-pass, sinave ko lang ang sarili ko. Ayun, 'di ko siya na-sweep on time eh,” she added.

Ochoa tapped out Mongolia’s Bayarmaa Munkhgerel in her first bout in the repechage to advance to the bronze medal match.

She wound up having to face her Philippines teammate, after Napolis lost narrowly to Cambodia’s Jessa Khan in the semifinals.

A late counter got it done for Ochoa, who had been on the defensive for most of the match against Napolis.

Khan wound up winning the gold, while Mahra Alhinaai from the United Arab Emirates got silver. Ochoa’s tormentor in the quarterfinals, Duong, also won bronze.

Ochoa later said she had no regrets despite missing out on the gold.

“Binigay ko talaga ang lahat ko, and ‘yun lang naman ang promise ko, na lahat ibibigay ko din,” said Ochoa. “Nagkamali, pero for sure magmo-move forward from this.”

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