Team Philippines is set to take home at least 3 medals in these Tokyo Olympics. Going from never yet receiving gold to potentially racking up another. Since Hidilyn Diaz taking gold, women’s featherweight boxer Nesthy Petecio became the first Filipina to win a silver medal. For the men’s, boxer Carlo Paalam just guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal which leads to the Philippines earning its fourth guaranteed medal in the Tokyo Games.
Petecio and Japan’s Sena Irie became the first medalists in the Olympic Games’ women’s featherweight as the weight category made its debut in Tokyo. Irie and Petecio have met in the ring a few times previously and although she is 1-3 against Irie, she still takes home the silver. As the match went down to the wire as both boxers attacked and countered each other in the last round.
As for Carlo Paalam, he’s keeping the medal count going for Team Philippines as he secured at least a bronze medal in the men’s boxing flyweight division. He pulled off a monumental upset on Olympic gold medalist and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan via a 4-0-1 split decision win at the Kokugikan Arena. After an accidental head collision in the second round, the battle was halted and four of the five judges scored the bout 20-18 in favor of Paalam, with the other one scoring a 19-19. Now, Paalam advances to the semifinal round where a win over Ryomei Tanaka of Japan would send him to the gold medal match.
Who else to look out for are women’s golfers Bianca Pagdanganan and Women’s Open champ Yuka Saso as they make their debuts in the Tokyo Olympics. In a high fought battle, men’s pole valuter EJ Obiena took 11th place in the men’s pole vault final after unsuccessfully clearing 5.80 meters in three attempts.
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