Nesthy Petecio topples top-ranked foe, nears Tokyo Olympics medal
TOKYO–Nesthy Petecio moved a win away from securing a medal in the Tokyo Olympics here.
Petecio advanced to the women’s featherweight quarterfinals after taking down top-ranked Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei Monday at Kokugikan Arena.
“She stuck to the tactics, without overcommitting,” said coach Don Abnett. “[She was] getting into her punching range, getting her opponent to lead off and then can her with one or two punches or combinations.”
In a close fight that had a sparse Filipino audience, mostly sports officials, holding their breath, Petecio dominated the first round, got cured into a deadlock after two and then masterfully chalked up crucial points in the third without surrendering anything to seize the victory.
“Coach Boy [Velasco] was telling me that we were ahead and I just had to take care of the leads,” Petecio said.
Filipino champion Nesthy Petecio moved a win away from securing a medal in the Tokyo Olympics.Follow Inquirer Sports' coverage of #Tokyo2020 inq.news/Tokyo2020READ: https://sports.inquirer.net/430390/petecio-topples-top-ranked-foe-nears-tokyo-medal
Posted by Inquirer Sports on Monday, July 26, 2021
A win by Petecio in the quarterfinals will assure her of at least a bronze medal.
“Let’s just take this step by step,” Petecio said.
Lin, the world No. 1 and overwhelming favorite in the bout, could not sustain the rally she mounted in the second round and was left completely flummoxed by Paetecio’s frequent stance-switching in the game.
“She made much more effort than me and I did not take my chances so I can only blame myself,” said the 5-foot-7 Lin, who was much taller and lengthier than Petecio, who needed to aim high when going after the Taiwanese’s head.
Your weekly sports analysis
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.