Suarez loses via split decision; crashes out of Olympics
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 07, 2016 06:14 AM
Britain's Joseph Cordina in blue fights the Philippines' Charly Coronel Suarez during a men's lightweight 60-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
RIO DE JANEIRO – Filipino boxer Charly Suarez's journey in the 2016 Rio Olympics ended after bowing to European champion Joe Cordina of Great Britain via split decision in the preliminary round of the men's lightweight (60 kg) divsion at the Riocentro Convention Center here on Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines).
The 27-year old Suarez, who was competing in his first Olympics, fought valiantly as he was tied with Cordina on the judges scorecards heading into the final round.
The final round though turned out to be the turning point as the much taller Cordina connected more than the Filipino and all three judges gave the round to the British fighter.
The judge from Turkey gave the bout to Suarez, 29-28, but the judges from Morocco and Uzbekistan had the 24-year old Cordina ahead, 28-29 and 30-27, respectively.
Cordina, who stood three inches taller than the five-foot-six Suarez, took advantage of his height and length throughout the bout.
Earlier, Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna and table tennis player Ian Lariba also both got eliminated from medal contention.
Lacuna finshed sixth during his heat and 46th out of 50 overall in the men's 400 meter freestyle after clocking in at 4:01.70.
Meanwhile, Lariba lost to Congo's Han Xing in the women's singles, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9, 11-7.
On Sunday morning (Sunday evening in the Philippines), weightlifters Nestor Colonia (-56 kg) and Hidilyn Diaz (-53 kg) will see action.
Another boxer, light-flyweight Rogen Ladon, who drew a bye in the first round will step into the ring on Aug. 8.
Ladon only needs to win two matches to assure himself of a bronze medal. He fights either a Brazilian or Colombian on Monday.