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Wow! Team PH assured of multiple medal winners in Tokyo Games

Philippines' Nesthy Petecio (red) reacts after winning against Colombia's Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda at the end of their women's feather (54-57kg) quarter-final boxing match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on July 28, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)
Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio (red) and Colombia’s Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda fight during their women’s feather (54-57kg) quarter-final boxing match. (AFP)

By JONAS TERRADO

The Philippines is assured of having multiple medal winners in the Olympic Games for the first time since 1932 following boxer Nesthy Petecio’s victory in the women’s featherweight division.

TEOFILO YLDEFONSO

Petecio’s unanimous decision win over Columbian Arias Castaneda assured her of going home with at least a bronze medal, with the chance of replicating the golden feat of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz still in play.

SIMEON TORIBIO

Regardless of where Petecio ends up, the Philippines ended an 89-year wait for multiple medalists in the Olympics.

The country produced three bronze medals at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, with swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso repeating his performance four years ago in Amsterdam by claiming a bronze in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Simon Toribio also settled for bronze in the men’s high jump while Jose Villanueva also received the same medal in the men’s bantamweight class.

JOSE VILLANUEVA

Villanueva’s feat was the first of six medals the Philippines got courtesy of boxing.

But the Philippines has not secured a medal in boxing prior to Petecio’s triumph since Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco’s silver in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Petecio is also the first woman boxer from the Philippines to claim an Olympic medal. Other boxing medalists included Villanueva’s son Anthony (silver, 1964 Tokyo), Leopoldo Serantes (bronze, 1988 Seoul) and Velasco’s brother Roel (bronze, 1992 Barcelona).

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