HANGZHOU, China – Nesthy Petecio became the latest casualty on the shortlist of promising Philippine medalists at the 19th Asian Games.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Ting delivered the cataclysmic blow by upending Petecio 4-1 at the Hangzhou Gymnasium here on Friday, showing the door to the Philippine Olympic silver medalist in women’s 57kg boxing.
Trying to redeem herself after Petecio knocked her out in the round of 16 of the Tokyo Olympics, Lin made progress in the opening round, putting Petecio at an early disadvantage.
Petecio, 31, took drastic measures to reverse the trend in the second round with powerful shots to the head and body, but the judges seemed unconvinced.
Petecio, the 2019 women’s world featherweight champion, was already on the ropes and assertively looked for an opportunity to end the match with Lin quickly, but grimly didn’t find one.
“It was her style of fighting against mine. She could impose her style,” Petecio says in Filipino.
When the referees raised the slender Lin’s arm after three rounds, Petecio could only shake her head in frustration, knowing that the road to next year’s Olympic Games in Paris will be littered with bigger obstacles.
Petecio’s departure left the national boxing team’s hopes of a podium performance pinned on Olympic medalists Carlo Paalam (men’s 57kg) and Eumir Marcial (men’s 80kg) and heavyweight John Marvin (men’s 92kg).