Thursday, September 23, 2021

Carlo Paalam closer to Olympic boxing gold

TOKYO. Carlo Paalam, of the Philippines, left, lands a punch on Ryomei Tanaka, of Japan, during their fly weight 48-52kg semifinal boxing match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

FILIPINO boxer Carlo Paalam advanced to the gold medal finals of the 2020 Summer Olymics after beating Ryomei Tanaka of Japan in the men's flyweight at Kokugikan Arena, Tokyo, Japan Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Bukidnon-native has secured the Philippines its second silver medal in the 2020 Olympics.

The 23-year-old Paalam earlier beat Irish Brendan Irvine in the Round of 32, outclassed Algerian Mohamed Flissi in the Round of 16 and upset defending Olympic flyweight champion Shakhobidin Zoirov via a technical decision in the quarterfinals.

He will now face the winner of the fight between Great Britain’s Galal Yafai and Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov.

Filipino pug Eumir Marcial will also take on Ukranian Oleksandr Khyzhniak in the Men’s middleweight division semifinals Thursday.

The 25-year-old Marcial so far demolished all the opponents placed in front of him in his maiden Olympic campaign. He scored a first round referee’s stoppage over Algerian Younes Nemouchi in the Round of 16. He then knocked out fellow pro pug Arman Darchinyan also in the opening round.

Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio on Tuesday, August 3, won the Olympic silver medal after bowing to Sena Irie of Japan via unanimous decision in their women's featherweight gold medal match.

On July 26, 2021, the Philippines got its first-ever gold in the Olympics after Hidilyn Diaz, 30, won the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category.

The 2020 Summer Olympics also marks the most medals the Philippines' won since its debut in the sporting event in 1924. (JGS/EKA)


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