Petecio escapes World No. 1, reaches Olympics quarterfinal

Chinese Taipei's Yu-Ting Lin (red) and Philippines' Nesthy Petecio fight during their women's feather (54-57kg) preliminaries round of 16 boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 26, 2021.
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MANILA, Philippines (Updated 1:12 p.m.) Nesthy Petecio was able to escape by a hairline the challenge of World No. 1 Yu-Ting Lin of Chinese Taipei in the Olympic Women's Featherweight Round of 16 bout on Monday.

Petecio eked out a 3-2 split decision win over the taller and longer Yu-Ting to book a spot in the quarterfinals where she only needs one more win to assure a podium finish.

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Three judges favored Petecio, 29-28, which was enough to send her over the edge against her top-seeded foe, who had two judges scoring in her favor.

Petecio and Yu-Ting engaged in a slugfest where both pugs looked able to come out with the win.

But Petecio's more convincing 4-1 first round win helped her come away with the victory.

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The Philippine boxing team has yet to suffer a defeat in Tokyo so far after four bouts.

She faces Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda in the quarterfinals set Wednesday.

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