Tokyo Olympics Day 2 Results for the Philippines: Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo is advancing to the finals while boxer Nesthy Petecio is moving on to the next round.
The 2nd competition day wrapped up with two Filipino Olympians continuing their journey in Tokyo, keeping the nation’s hope alive for the elusive first gold medal in the quadrennial games.
The Philippines has won 10 medals at the Olympics comprising of 3 silvers and 7 bronzes since it joined the Summer Games in 1924. Five of the medals were in boxing including two silvers: Mansueto Velasco in 1996 and Anthony Villanueva in 1964.
July 24, 2021, started strong for the Philippine delegation as female boxing champion Nesthy Petecio won her preliminaries match via unanimous decision vs. Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of Congo.
Petecio competed in the Women’s Featherweight Division (54-57kg) Round of 32 match and will move on to the next Round of 16.
The Filipina boxer will next challenge No. 1 seed boxer Lin Yu-ting of Chinese Taipei in a match-up between two world champions.
Nesthy Petecio is the 2019 Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women’s World Boxing Featherweight Champion.
Nesthy Petecio’s Olympics events:
Round of 16 on July 26
12:39 PM -1:45 PM, 6:54 PM – 8:00 PM
Quarterfinals (if qualified) on July 28
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Semifinals (if qualified) on July 31
12:39 PM – 12:55 PM, 6:39 PM – 6:55 PM
Final (if qualified) on August 3
12:05 PM – 12:40 PM
Carlos Edriel Yulo, despite suffering from the effects of a previous injury, capped the day with a solid performance in the Vault Apparatus event that sent the world champion to the artistic gymnastics finals.
Yulo placed 6th in the vault with a score of 14.712 that qualified the Filipino for the medal competition, a first final appearance in the event for the country, proving why he is one of the brightest Olympic Gold medal hopes of the Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 21-year-old became the first Filipino to conquer the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships after winning the men’s floor exercise gold in 2019.
Taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa earlier ended his Olympic stint in the Men -58kg Round of 16 after bowing out to South Korea’s Jun Jang.
Swimmer Remedy Rule finished in second place in the Women’s 100-meter Butterfly with a time of 59.68 but did not make the Top 16 who qualified for the semifinals.
Rule will continue her Olympic journey as she competes in another event, the Women’s 200-meter Butterfly on July 27, 6:31 pm Heat 3.
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