AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships silver medalist Nesthy Alcayde Petecio of the Philippines wants to to win the gold medal, which evaded her in the last two editions, more than ever when the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games unfurls today in Singapore.
"Gigil najud kaayo ko for the gold. Okay man among preparasyon. Hulat nalang sa gyera para ikasa na ang mga armas. Ready na kaayo ko (I'm so hungry for a SEA Games gold. Our preparations went well. Just waiting for the war so we can unleash our weapons. I'm very much ready)," said Petecio, a native of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur
Petecio is entered in the women's 54 kilograms this year while she competed in the 57 kgs. in 2013.
"I'm preparing for the Olympic qualifying that only caters to 51 kgs, 60 and 75 kgs categories in the women's event. I need to make the 51 kgs so I can join next year's qualifying," she told Sun.Star Davao in a Facebook chat Wednesday.
She had to make adjustments with the new weight although she competed in the 54 kgs. during the President's Cup.
Petecio also said that its' difficult to reduce weight but she made worthwhile sacrifices for the SEA Games.
The national women's team, coached by Roel Velasco, underwent conditioning and speed training in Baguio City before leaving for Singapore Wednesday evening.