Petecio fights for gold on Saturday

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ALL hopes are high for Davao del Sur pride Nesthy Alcayde Petecio when she battles Nwe Ni Oo of Myanmar for the women's 57 kilogram gold medal on Saturday in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games boxing competition at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex in Myanmar.

The China Open 2013 champion Petecio, who beat Thai pug Tassamalee Thongjan, 3-0, on Monday posted on her Facebook: "Thank you, Lord, panalo ako! Finals na... thank you sa mga nag-pray at nagtiwala sa akin. Laban Pilipinas!"

In a Facebook chat interview on Tuesday, Petecio said, "Maayo man akong kondisyon pero dili lang ko pasalig nga mag gold. Mag-ampo lang ta nga maka-gold ta (I'm in good shape but I can't assure you that I'll win the gold. Let's just pray that we win the gold)."

She said Thongjan was taller than her but she just executed what she learned during her training.

"Mas naging agresibo lang ko sa among laban sa taga Thailand (I was just more aggressive in my match against the Thai boxer)," Petecio told Sun.Star Davao.

She, however, expressed concern that going up against a hometown bet might not be favorable for her citing instances in the past when judges will decide in favor of the host country's athlete.

Nwe Ni Oo subdued Imacular Loda of Indonesia, 3-0, in their semi-finals bout.

Petecio has resumed training on Tuesday along with the rest of the national boxing team.

Former London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga, a product of Barangay Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte, was set to climb the ring in mens' 49 kilograms as of Tuesday while Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar will yet see action on Friday.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 11, 2013.


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