Friday, August 23, 2019

Ladon ends bid in Rio

FILIPINO boxer Rogen Ladon ended his Rio Olympics bid goodbye after bowing to Colombia's Yurberjen Herney Martinez who came out with a unanimous decision win, 3-0, in their men's light flyeight second round bout in the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Riocentro Pavilion 6 of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Monday evening (Philippine time).

Judges Claus Bedemann Rene Just each scored the fight, 29-28, while Sergei Morozov had it 30-27, all in favor of the 24-year-old Colombia entry.

Thus, Ladon of Negros Occidental joined teammate lightweight Charly Suarez of Sawata, San Isidro, Davao del Norte who earlier lost his first round bout opposite European champion Joseph Cordina of Great Britain in a split decision.

The 22-year-old Ladon, in a Facebook post Tuesday, said, "First of all nagpasalamat po ako sa lahat ng nagdasal po sa amin ni Kuya Charly Suarez at sumusuporta sa amin kahit talo man po andyan parin kayo. Hindi ko man kayo maisa-isa, thank you po kung sinu-sino man po kayo. Mabuhay po kayo."

In a Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) press statement furnished to SunStar Davao Tuesday, Ladon said he got too excited and was not able to sleep on the eve of his fight.

His coach Nolito "Boy" Velasco said, “Parang na-overwhelm na nasa Olympics na siya. Sinabuyan ko pa ng tubig sa mukha at sinabihan na mag-focus siya dahil lalaban na. Ni sa panaginip hindi siya dapat natalo.”

Flag-bearer Ian Lariba of table tennis and swimmer Jessie Lacuña also bowed out of contention as they lost in the opener of their respective events.

Weightlifter Nestor Colonia also failed in his bid Monday when teammate and fellow Zamboanga City native Hidilyn Diaz snatched the women's 53 kg silver.

Swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi, 400-meter hurdler Eric Cray, taekwondo jin Kirstie Elaine Alora, judoka Kodo Nakanao, long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang, marathoner Mary Joy Tabal and golfer Miguel Tabuan have yet to see action.
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