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September 25, 2018

Kana beats Lokalei in Japan Ambassador’s Cup at Moi, Kasarani

Diana Kana (R) tackles Mary Maina (L) during the Japan Ambassador’s Cup at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani, yesterday /CONSOLATA MAKOKHA
Diana Kana (R) tackles Mary Maina (L) during the Japan Ambassador’s Cup at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani, yesterday /CONSOLATA MAKOKHA
Kenya international judoka Diana Kana of Kenya Prisons needed only two minutes and seven seconds to win the senior women’s Under 70kgs title during the Japanese Ambassador’s Cup at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani yesterday.
Kana’s opponent Alice Lokalei put up a fight at the start of the bout but ran out of ideas allowing the Prisons’ exponent to corner and flip her before landing the soldier on her back to bag the title by an ippon (one/ full point). On her way to the finals, Kana beat KDF’s Mary Maina who posed as a threat through two wazaaris (two half points). The wardress floored Maina twice on her sides to advance. On the losing end, Lokalei eliminated Fidelis Muchene from the Embassy Judo Club in the semis. Maina settled for the third position as Muchene came in fourth.
Prisons’ Esther Ikiugu defeated namesake Esther Kadzo to claim the senior women’s Under 63kgs title. General Service’s Levi Kiplangat took home the senior men’s Under-100kgs after thwarting KDF’s Michael Amayo efforts in the finals. In an all-Rongai U-63kgs finals, Peterson Gatheru clobbered Lexxon Mayanja while in the over 100kgs class, Kenya Prisons’ George Kimani stunned KDF’s Kelvin Munangwe. In the cadets category, Elizabeth Ruguru of Gitothwa Judo Club won the girls under 70kgs beating Mary Tito from Malindi, Njoro’s Boniface Mukonyi claimed the boys’ under 60kgs beating Peter Kamau from Diani JC, Gitothwa’s James Wambua overwhelmed Diani’s Derrick Daniel in under 55kgs as Daniel Ndung’u grabbed the boys’ under 81kgs title.
In the junior class, Rongai Judo Club’s Daniel Kimani overpowered his club-mate David Kiarie in the finals and Kajiado Judo Club’s Kimberley Okwisa outdid Margret Njeri (Gitothwa) and Yasmin Yase (Malindi) in a round-robin junior under 63kgs showdown. “I am optimistic that we will have some judokas from these competitions representing Kenya at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and successfully winning the first ever medal in Judo for the country,” noted Toshitsugu Uesawa, the Japanese ambassador and event sponsor. The event attracted 150 judokas from over 10 judo clubs.
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