Nesthy’s plunge not dimming her Olympic hopes

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Nesthy Petecio hasn’t relinquished her dream of one other Olympic stint. —POOL PHOTO

HANGZHOU, China—Strolling out of the Hangzhou Gymnasium hall following a failed Olympic qualifying bid, Nesthy Petecio’s resolve solely received bolstered regardless of going through a more durable street forward.

“I’m not but finished. The combat continues and I’ll come out of this much more motivated,’’ stated Petecio in Filipino after she received proven the door in girls’s boxing on the nineteenth Asian Video games.

Perennial rival Lin Yu-ting, the long-armed Taiwanese that Petecio disposed of en path to a silver end within the Tokyo Olympics, utilized her top and attain benefit to the hilt for a payback victory that despatched the Filipino crashing out of the spherical of 16 within the girls’s 57kg class.

It was a double blow for Petecio, who additionally misplaced a shot at clinching an outright berth in subsequent yr’s Paris Olympics. Two extra qualification tournaments are on the horizon for the 31-year-old Petecio as she seeks a return journey to the Olympics after falling wanting the gold medal in Tokyo in 2021.

“There shall be modifications in my coaching as we work on a number of issues that should be addressed,’’ stated Petecio.

She’s going to first brace for the 2024 World Qualification Match 1 from Feb. 29 to Mar. 12 subsequent yr in Busto Arsizio, Italy, the place finalists will earn tickets to Paris. If she fails there, Petecio’s final shot would be the World Qualification Match 2 in Bangkok, Thailand, from Could 23 to June 5.

4 extra Olympic berths are at stake within the Thai capital earlier than the qualification window shuts down.

Lending assist to Petecio’s bid is Affiliation of Boxing Alliances within the Philippines chairman Ricky Vargas, who despatched a message of reassurance to the Filipino pug, who hails from Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur.

“I imagine in you. You will get it, if you would like it and you’ve got already confirmed that,’’ Vargas’ message learn.

“You’ll be able to rebound if you put your thoughts to it. That is only a bump and I’m assured in what you continue to can,’’ added Vargas.

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