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Petecio targets shot at another Olympic gold for Philippines

Nelson Beltran - Philstar.com
Petecio targets shot at another Olympic gold for Philippines
The Philippines' Nesthy Petecio (red) and Colombia's Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda fight during their women's featherweight (54-57kg) quarterfinal boxing match in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 28, 2021.
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TOKYO – One win to a sure silver; two to a gold.

On the brink of matching the highest Philippine achievement in Olympic boxing, Nesthy Petecio is calm, cool and focused, simply promising to give it her all in her big day atop the ring Saturday.

TRACKER: Nesthy Petecio at the Tokyo Olympics

She’s the main feature in the first session starting at 11 a.m. (10 p.m. in Manila) at the Kokugigan Arena, clashing with former AIBA world junior champ Irma Testa of Italy in the first women’s featherweight semifinal bout.

The other semis face-off, pitting Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall and Japan’s Sena Irie, is the main showcase in the evening session starting at 5 p.m.

It’s another twin fight for Team Philippines with Carlo Paalam going up against Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi in a men’s flyweight Round of 16 clash at 11:48 a.m.

Needless to say, Petecio and Paalam are determined to get going and make up for Irish Magno’s exit Thursday in the women’s flyweight division.

Assured of a bronze, Petecio eyes a fourth win that will guarantee her of matching the silver feats of Anthony Villanueva in 1964 in Tokyo and Onyok Velasco in 1996 in Atlanta.

But as it is, the Davao City native is already sure of going down in history as the first Philippine female pug to win an Olympic medal.

From hereon, beckoning is a better legacy to offer to the nation.

“We have a game plan for the next fight. The Italian girl is similar to the Taipei girl but she hooks and sways back. So we’re gonna take a counter act move,” said coach Don Abnett, believing Petecio’s first-round match against top seed Lin Yu-ting prepared her for Testa.

As for Paalam, Abnett said the Cagayan de Oro fighter is up against an experienced foe and should get moving similar to their winning game plan in the Round of 32 opposite Irish Brendan Irvine.

And so Paalam is expected to counterpunch as he did against Irvine.

“Carlo was a good counter puncher when we held the bubble training. He’s dominating in counter punching on the right, and counter attacking,” said Abnett.

2021 TOKYO OLYMPICS BOXING NESTHY PETECIO
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