What are the medal possibilities of PH Olympic bets in boxing and skateboarding?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Nineteen Filipino athletes in competing in 11 sports activities will see motion because the Philippines seeks to win its first official Olympic gold medal. Within the lead-up to the opening of the Video games, ESPN5 is producing a four-part sequence on all 19 athletes. That is the fourth and remaining half, that includes athletes competing in boxing and skateboarding.


Carlo Paalam

– Males’s Flyweight (52kg)

Eumir Marcial

– Males’s Middleweight (75kg)

Irish Magno

– Ladies’s Flyweight (51kg)

Nesthy Petecio

– Featherweight (57kg)

Kind heading into the Olympics

Carlo Paalam was getting ready for the box-off in opposition to 2016 Rio Olympian Rogen Ladon. The Affiliation of Boxing Alliances within the Philippines was supposed to decide on which of the 2 will probably be despatched to the ultimate spherical of {qualifications} for the Tokyo Olympics. Nevertheless, the occasion was later canceled and qualification was primarily based on rankings, giving Paalam a free ticket to Tokyo.

Paalam missed out on an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics with two robust losses within the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Match. First, he misplaced to India’s Amit Panghal within the quarterfinals after which to Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov within the Olympic box-off. After breaking camp in Calamba, Laguna, he continues his coaching in Thailand.

For some time, Eumir Marcial regarded unstoppable. After settling for a bronze medal within the 2018 Asian Video games, the boxer caught lightning in a bottle throughout the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships the place he both shut out or stopped all 5 opponents earlier than reaching the finals. Nevertheless, a flash knockdown as a result of his eagerness to assault price Marcial the gold.

He made a press release by successful the Olympic Qualifiers after which parlayed his success within the newbie ranks to start out his skilled boxing profession, rising victorious in his debut in opposition to Andrew Whitfield again in December of 2020.

Nevertheless, upon his return to the newbie ring, Marcial was acquired what he known as a wake-up name earlier than heading to Tokyo. The ability-punching middleweight suffered a shutout loss to Uzbekistan’s Jafarov Saidjamshid on the ASBC Elite Males’s and Ladies’s Boxing Championships in Dubai final Could.

Though he was not capable of practice for a protracted time frame with the remainder of the Philippine boxing group, ABAP was discovered a technique to ship him to the US the place he bought to coach with six American Olympic Qualifiers, which ought to show to be helpful for his medal hopes.

One of many first two Filipino fighters to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, Irish Magno booked her ticket to the massive dance by defeating Sumaiya Qosimova of Tajikistan throughout the box-off of the Olympic {Qualifications}. She was blanked by India’s veteran boxer Mary Kom within the quarterfinals, however she was capable of bounce again and safe an Olympic ticket.

Since fulfilling her dream of changing into an Olympian, Magno has elevated her coaching. Regardless that the pandemic posed many challenges, together with being away from her coaches and settling for on-line coaching classes, Magno nonetheless pushed herself to be her best model.

Again in 2018, Nesthy Petecio was satisfied she defeated Yin Junhua of their Spherical of 16 assembly. Nevertheless, three of the judges scored the struggle for the Chinese language fighter who went unscathed the remainder of the best way to win gold within the Asian Video games.

This lit a hearth in Petecio that might culminate in a magical run throughout the 2019 AIBA Ladies’s World Boxing Championships. Petecio climbed from the Spherical of 64 and used her depth and aggression to succeed in the finals the place she defeated Russia’s Liudmila Vorontsova 3-2 to win the gold.

Nevertheless, issues shortly turned bitter for Petecio as she was upset within the quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifiers by Sena Irie, one in all her victims throughout the World Championships. She was supposed to hitch one other qualifying event however the cancellation of the occasion labored in her favor as he was capable of e-book a ticket to Tokyo.

Medal possibilities

The lads’s flyweight division is stacked with nice abilities together with the 2016 Rio previous medalist Shakhobidin Zoirov and bronze medalists Thitisan Panmon (Thailand) and Hu Jianguan (China, later promoted to silver after Russia Misha Aloyan examined constructive for a banned substance).

The 2 fighters who defeated Paalam within the qualifiers may additionally win medals. Nonetheless, regardless that the percentages look stacked in opposition to Paalam, the diminutive fighter is in phenomenal form. His pace will at all times be an issue for his opponents and he is definitely able to pulling off upsets alongside the best way.

Boxing pundits stay excessive on Marcial because the Related Press picked him as the favourite to win the gold in his division over the likes of Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Ukraine, Younes Nemouchi of Algeria, and Gleb Bakshi of ROC.

Among the many Filipino boxers, Magno may need the hardest highway to an Olympic medal. The opposite 5 qualifiers from Asia and Oceania in Kom, Uzbekistan’s Turusnoy Rakhimova, Chinese language Taipei’s Huang Hsiao-Wen, Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki, and China’s Chan Yuan are all great fighters.

Turkey’s Buse Naz Cakiroglu and Morroco’s Rabab Cheddar are additionally favorites to complete on the rostrum.

Petecio had been working exhausting with the remainder of the Philippine group from their coaching bubble in Calamba, Laguna to their camp in Thailand. She could have her work lower out for her as there are loads of nice fighters within the featherweight division together with Vorontsova, Irie, Im Ae-Ji of Korea, Lin Yu-Tin of Chinese language Taipei, and Michaela Walsh of Eire.

Nevertheless, as what occurred within the World Championships, Petecio can at all times give herself a shot at successful all of it. She’s gifted sufficient to beat any of the fighters in her division so the consistency in her efficiency will probably be key. – Carlo Pamintuan


Margielyn Didal

– Ladies’s road

– World rating: No. 17 in ladies’s road rankings; No. 5 in Asia

Kind heading into the Olympics

The COVID-19 pandemic has put Didal in a little bit of a drawback by way of getting ready for the Tokyo Olympics, however the 22-year-old skateboarder continues to be just about the identical — if not vastly improved — one that gained golds within the 2018 Asian Video games and the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games.

Didal fell in need of a remaining look in 2021 Road Skateboarding World Championships again in June, however that hardly made a dent on her aspirations of creating the Olympics, as her constant exhibiting internationally previously couple of years helped the Cebu native lock up a spot inside World Skate’s high 20 rankings — ok to land Didal a spot in Tokyo.

The 2020 Asia Skater of the Yr winner has reportedly been coaching in her personal non-public skatepark in Cebu to arrange for the Video games.

Medal possibilities

A frank evaluation of her possibilities relative to her competitors would imply that Didal might discover herself on the surface trying in as soon as the event rolls later this month.

Twelve of the 16 ladies forward of Didal on the planet rankings are competing in Tokyo — together with world No. 1 Pamela Rosa and No. 2 Rayssa Leal of Brazil, and world No. 3 Aori Nishimura, who topped the identical world championships that Didal competed in final month.

Nothing is not possible, although, particularly within the sport’s first staging within the Olympics. And if anybody can pull off an upset of monumental proportions, it could be Didal, who has already proven previously that she is able to popping out on high in opposition to a subject stacked with the world’s finest. – Eros Villanueva

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