Petecio sets eyes on SEA Games gold, Olympic qualifier

Mark Escarlote on Oct 16, 2019 07:15 AM
Petecio sets eyes on SEA Games gold, Olympic qualifier
Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio guns for the 30th Southeast Asian Games gold and a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

After bagging the world championship, Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio sets her sights on nailing the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games and qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Petecio arrived in Manila Tuesday afternoon after her conquest in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championship featherweight division in Russia last Sunday.

Presented to the media in a press conference at the Century Park Hotel in Manila together with champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, who also arrived Tuesday evening after winning the gold in the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Hans Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, and pole vaulter EJ Obiena, the 27-year-old pug bared her next plans which includes pocketing the mint in the biennial mint.

“Sa SEA Games po handa na po akong sungkitin ang ginto,” said Petecio, who is set to receive a P1 million incentive from the Philippine Sports Commission.

Petecio together with the national boxing team will fly to Queensland, Australia to train as final build up for the Manila SEA Games that will open on Nov. 30.   

The Davaoena bested hometown bet Liudmila Vorontsove at the latter's turf in Ulan-Ude, Russia to annex the gold medal.             

Unfortunately, her gold medal haul didn’t translate to an Olympic ticket. 

“‘Yun nga po nakakaiingit po kasi dapat nga itong world namin qualifying na din po ito pero biglang nagbago po yung sa AIBA rules po,” said Petecio while referring to Yulo and Obiena – the first two Filipinos to qualify in the Games.

Petecio will try her luck in the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in China next year.

“Sayang, sayang talaga kasi qualified na po dapat tayo. [Pero] hahabol po ako,” she said.

With Olympic slots to be given to top three boxers in each division, Petecio has high hopes of realizing her Olympic dream.  

“‘Pag naka-bronze ka na po dun qualify na po. So malaking tsansa po,” said Petecio.




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