Petecio beats Thai foe, barges into Seag finals

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DAVAO del Sur native Nesthy Alcayde Petecio of the Philippines defeated Thailand foe Tassamelee Thongjan to barge into the finals of the women's 57 kilogram event of the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games boxing competition at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex in Myanmar yesterday afternoon.

The 21-year-old Petecio who was a silver medalist in the 26th SEA Games held in Palembang, Indonesia is given the chance to redeem her runner-up finish as she takes a shot for the gold this time.

Petecio, before climbing the ring, told Sun.Star Davao in a Facebook chat that Thongjan is also a seasoned boxer who is taller than her.

The China Open Filipina, however, said that she didn't feel any nerves only "excitement" as she vowed to give her best in the fight, which she dedicated to all Filipinos especially those in calamity-stricken areas.

She earlier looked forward to playing in the gold medal bout, saying: "Manalo lang ako dito sa Thai diretso na ako sa finals. Konti lang kasi kami sa category ko kaya semis na kaagad."

In men's division, Filipino Dennis Galvan bested Ratha Svay of Cambodia, 3-0, in the 64 kgs. bout held Sunday.

London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga, meanwhile, sees action today in the 49 kgs. His fellow former Barangay Una Boxing Team mainstay Rey Saludar, Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist, will yet compete on Friday in the semi-finals. The latter drew a bye in the quarter-finals round.

In women's basketball, the Philippines hacked out a 65-59 win over Malaysia. (MLSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 10, 2013.


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