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Magno drubs Kenyan foe, advances to Round of 16

The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  Irish Magno, ranked No.25 in the world, scored the Philippines’ second victory in boxing event of the Tokyo Olympics after edging World No.17 Christine Ongare of Kenya by a well-deserved unanimous decision, 5-0, at the Kokugikan Arena yesterday morning.

The five judges gave all the rounds to the 25-year-old Magno (30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27), including a 30-26 score from Algerian judge Sidali Mokretari.

Thus, the Iloilo-native Magno arged into the Round of 16 in women’s flyweight division (48-51 kg).

Like her countrymen Nesthy Petecio who earlier hurdled her first round assignment under the featherweight class (54-57 kg), Magno needs only two more wins to ensure Team Phl of at least bronze medal in the Games.

The last time Phl won medal in boxing was 25 years ago when Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco bagged silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Magno, however, toned down expectations after her scintillating victory.

“Huwag muna tayo mag-aim high, step by step muna tayo,” said Magno, who will take on Thai

Jutamas Jitpong next at 12:24 p.m. (Phl time) on Thursday for a spot in the Last 8.

Today, flyweight Carlo Paalam makes his Olympic debut at 11:03 a.m. as he slugs it out with 25-year-old Irishman Brendan Irvine.

An hour later, Petecio wil try to hurdle the biggest thorn in her road to gold when she fights top-seed Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in the Round of 16 at 12:39 p.m.

Meanwhile in rowing, Cris Nievarez wound up fifth in his quarterfinal group to steer out of contention.

Ppitted against bigger and stronger rowers packed with more experience, Nievarez could only finish fifth in his group. He clocked seven minutes and 50.74 seconds, about half a minute slower than his time over the 2,000-meter race on Friday. — EBV

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