CEBU CITY, Philippines – Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial punched a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics following an overwhelming Referee Stop Contest win in Round 3 over Byamba-Erden Otgonbaatar of Mongolia and earned him a slot to the semifinal round in the for a semifinals berth in the Men’s Middleweight (75kg) Division in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers held in Amman, Jordan on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
The 24-year old native of Zamboanga City is the first Pinoy pugilist to earn a berth to the 2020 Summer Olympics with the stoppage win with 45 seconds remaining in the contest, which he already dominated from the first until the time the match was put to a halt.
Marcial, however, is only the third Filipino athlete who earned a berth to Tokyo Olympiad following Pole Vaulter Ernest John Obiena and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo.
However, the list could increase as female fighters Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno and Riza Pasuit and flyweight contender Carlo Paalam make a separate appearance on Monday matches as the Asian-Oceanian qualifying tournament continues.
The number of Filipino contingent to Tokyo Olympics could possibly increase in number as many world-class athletes are vying for a slot in their respective fields.
The notable includes Judoka Kyomi Watanabe, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, karateka Junna Tsukii and Jamie Lim, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, golfer Yukka Saso, gymnast Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa, swimmers James Deiparine, Luke Gebbie, Remedy Rule, and Jasmine Alkhaldi, marathoners Mary Joy Tabal and Christine Hallasgo, taekwondo Jin Pauline Lopez, the RP Blu Girls softball team and the Philippine 3×3 team who has a strong chance to get a ticket to the Olympic games. RCM