Ochoa tops 48-kg in Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship

MEGGIE Ochoa added another gold medal to her massive collection after she spearheaded the Philippines’ golden romp in the just concluded Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 30-year-old Ms. Ochoa smashed Singapore’s May Yong to submission, 15-0, to rule the women’s adult -48-kilogram division that highlighted the country’s sterling effort in the Bangkok tilt where it hauled a total of three golds and a bronze.

The other two mints came from Annie Ramirez in the -57kg section and Dylan Valmores in the +70kg class with Mark Lim snatching a bronze in the men’s -69kg division.

The feat was Ms. Ochoa’s most recent, which would be a good addition to her huge trophy case that included two world titles, two Southeast Asian Games mint, and an Asian Indoor Games gold.

The only two gold that has eluded Ms. Ochoa are the Asian Games where her best was a bronze in Jakarta, Indonesia five years ago and the World Games, which was equivalent to the Olympics since the sport isn’t in the calendar just yet.

She could go for a breakthrough Asian Games mint in the Hangzhou edition set Sept. 23 to Oct. 8. — Joey Villar