CEBU CITY – Nesthy Petecio fell short on her campaign as she lost the gold medal but to Sena Erie of the host nation Japan in the Women’s Featherweight finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Boxing tournament in Ryoguko Kokugikan Hall on Tuesday noon.
On the other hand, the Philippines have secured another boxing medal after Carlo Paalam defeated the world no.1 and Rio Olympics gold medalist Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan with a 4-0 decision in the Men’s Flyweight Quarterfinal round earlier.
The match was stopped at 1:44 of the second round shortly after an accidental clash of the heads that opened a small gash on Paalam’s forehead. However, the incident left a deeper cut on Zoirov’s right eye forcing the ring doctor to recommend the stoppage of the match.
“Paalam is an epitome of Pinoy (boxers) resiliency. His quickness and accuracy caught (Zoirov) by surprise. And I think Zoirov will continue to struggle against the unorthodox style of Paalam had the fight reached the distance. My hats off to Paalam’s bravery, and congratulations to ABAP and its program, we have scaled heights and I am excited about what the future holds for Philippines amateur boxing,” Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) Central Visayas regional director Lorenzo “Chao” Sy told iNews.Ph.
The decision of the bout was based on the decision of the first round where Paalam showed dominance that earned him a unanimous decision nod to make the semifinal round against Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka on August 5.
The victory assured Palaam at least a bronze medal for the Philippines ‘ biggest Olympics medal haul since 1938. Meanwhile, Petecio gave her all, but in the end, Erie who’s fighting tactics threw the Davaoena off of her comfortable forms. Petecio was able to get her range and took the second round but Erie regained her poise and managed to outscore the Filipina puncher to claim the gold medal.
Petecio gave the Philippines its third silver medal in the Olympics following Anthony Villanueva in 1964 in Japan and Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.
“It was expected. Petecio should have won the fight, but in boxing, either in the pros or amateurs, hometown decision is almost and always a permanent occurrence and Petecio failed to convince the judge that she was the better puncher. If the tournament was not in Japan, Petecio could have easily cruised to victory, simply, she delivered more quality punches and she hits harder,” Sy continued.
To date, the Philippines had officially won gold and a silver medal courtesy from Hidilyn Diaz of Weightlifting and Petecio respectively. Aside from the boxing team, the Philippines’ medal quest now rests on the shoulders of pole vault hero EJ Obiena and lady golfers Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan. RCM
How the other Philippine athletes performed:
Carlos Yulo – Gymnastics, 4th place overall in Men’s Vault finals
Elren Ando – Weightlifting, 7th place overall in Women65kgs division
Margielyn Didal – Skateboarding, 7th place in
Kristina Marie Knott – Athletics, Women’s 200m – 5th in Heat (did not advance in semifinal)
Irish Magno – Boxing – Quarterfinals in Flyweight division
Cris Nievares – Rowing – Men’s Single Sculls, 23rd overall
Jayson Valdez – Shooting – Men’s 10m air rifle, 44th place (DNA to the final round)
Kiyomi Watanabe – Judo – Women’s -63kgs, Eliminated Round of 32
Luke Gebbie – Men’s Swimming, 41st in 50m Free, 36th in 100m Free (DNA to the semis)
Remedy Rule – Women’s Swimming, 25th in 100 Butterfly (DNA in semis), 15th in 200m Butterfly (DNA to the finals Finals)
Kurt Barbosa – Taekwondo, Men’s -58kg Round of 16
Juvic Pagunsan – Men’s Golf, 55th place overall