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SEA Games: Nesthy Petecio leads charge as PH boxers secure medals


Second-placed Philippines' Nesthy Petecio celebrates after the women's feather (54-57kg) boxing final bout against Japan's Sena Irie during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.

FILE–Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / POOL / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—The wins continue to pile up for the Philippine boxing team in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday.

Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio assured herself of a bronze medal after beating Kay Thwe of Myanmar to reach the women’s 60kg semifinal at Bac Ninh Stadium.

On Tuesday, James Palicte also secured at least a bronze in the men’s 63kg class after a sensational first round knockout of Touch Davit of Cambodia. He handled Vu Thanh Dat of Vietnam to open his bid for a second straight gold on Monday.

Palicte faces Farrand Papendang of Indonesia for a shot at the gold on Thursday.

Reigning flyweight champion Rogen Ladon also took care of business on Tuesday following a win over Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Bin Ariffin of Malaysia for a sure bronze.

Ladon takes on Thanarat Saengphet of Thailand in the semis also on Friday.

Ian Clark Bautista, likewise, booked a semis ticket after beating Mohamed Hanurdeen Bin Hamid in the 57kg class on Tuesday. He clashes with Sao Rangsey of Cambodia for a place in the gold medal round on Friday.

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