MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine boxing contingent is back in the country after their medal-laden campaign at the Tokyo Olympics.
The team, led by silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 on Monday at 4:28 pm Petecio was the flag bearer for the Philippines during Sunday’s closing ceremony.
Of the four boxers who competed in the Games, only Irish Magno, who was sent off in the women’s flyweight round of 16, failed to make it to the podium.
Middleweight Eumir Marcial added a bronze to the loot.
IN PICTURES: # Tokio2020 Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, silver medalist Carlo Paalam and bronze medalist Eumir Marcial return to the country today, following their historic campaign at the Games.#StrongJuntosEquipoFilipinas# Tokyo2020TeamPHI #GalingngAtletangPilipino pic.twitter.com/UWyhQ1BEbk
– Sports Commission of the Philippines (@psc_gov) August 9, 2021
Determined to win and deliver Philippine boxing’s first gold, the four pugs have already expressed their intention to qualify for the next Olympics to be held in Paris, France, in 2024.
Overall, the Philippine delegation took home four medals, highlighted by Hidilyn Diaz’s climactic moment as the 55kg weightlifting women’s champion.
Diaz became the first Filipino to win Olympic gold, ending the country’s 97-year quest.
The Tokyo Games also marked the first time the Philippines won four medals in a single Olympic race.
In Los Angeles 1932, the Philippines had three high jump medalists Simeón Toribio, bantamweight boxer José Villanueva and swimmer Teófilo Yldefonso, who each took a bronze.
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