Eumir, Juvic in high gear

Nelson Beltran - The Philippine Star
Eumir, Juvic in high gear
The Philippines’ Eumir Marcial (blue) hugs Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi at the end of their men’s middleweight Round-of-16 match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.

Philippine medal quest sustained

TOKYO – Team Philippines roared on with its Tokyo Games juggernaut yesterday as flag-bearer Eumir Marcial pounded out a first-round stoppage in his Olympic debut, another shining moment in the country’s breakthrough in the Summer Games.

At the Kasumigaseki Country Club over an hour drive from the Japanese capital, Juvic Pagunsan stood his ground in a star-studded field, firing a six-under-par 66 for joint fifth, three shots off the pace at the start of men’s golf.

The Japan Tour campaigner sparkled in the midday heat and later in the rain to be right there behind the early frontrunners towed by Austria’s Sepp Strata with a flawless 63.

Marcial breezed through in his first bout, knocking down Algerian Younes Nemouchi with a thunderous right hook before eventually ending the fight via RSC-I (Referee Stops Contest – Injury) in the 2:41 mark of the first round.

Slovakian referee Radoslav Simon stepped in and halted the fight after the ring physician checked on the Algerian, who was bleeding from a nasty cut on his right eyebrow due to an accidental headbutt. Marcial was leading the fight with a knockdown before the stoppage.

A dampener was Irish Magno’s exit in the women’s flyweight category, her Olympic dreams shattered by crafty Thai fighter Jutamas Jitpong.

Rower Cris Nievarez returned to the Sea Forest Waterway hoping to make the race for 13th to 18th places, but missed it and instead dropped to the race for 19th to 24th.

He struggled for fifth place in the C/D semifinals with a time of 7:26.05, behind rowers from Peru, Monaco, Bermuda and Iraq.

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