Petecio one win away from maiden Olympics berth

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Petecio one win away from maiden Olympics berth

Nesthy Petecio eases into the Olympic qualifiers quarterfinals, putting her a win away from qualifying for the quadrennial meet

MANILA, Philippines – World women’s boxing champion Nesthy Petecio is now a just a step away from her maiden Olympics berth as she cruised to the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4 in Amman, Jordan. 

Petecio breezed past Sri Lanka’s Krismi Langkapurayalage for a unanimous 5-0 decision win in the women’s featherweight event. 

The 27-year-old world champion will now face Japan’s Sena Irie on Sunday, March 8 for a semifinal berth that will merit a trip to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Only the top 4 female boxers in the featherweight division will qualify for the quadrennial meet that will run from July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Petecio dominated the bout from the get-go as she swept the 1st and 2nd rounds. Virtually sealing the match by the final round, the Filipina pug played a more defensive game as the clock wound down. 

The women’s featherweight No. 1 seed is riding on golden performances in the Women’s World Boxing Championships and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. – 

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.