Eumir Marcial marches on, retains Olympics in sight

Eumir Marcial

FILE–Philippines’ Eumir Marcial. AFP

BAC NINH, VIETNAM—Eumir Felix Marcial remained within the hunt for the middleweight gold medal on Thursday following a smashing victory in opposition to a Thai foe within the thirty first Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Marcial, the celebrated Olympian who has ventured into the professionals, threw sledgehammers in opposition to a hapless Peerapat Yeasungnoen, forcing the Thai’s nook to throw within the towel halfway by the second spherical.

And like his different big-dreaming compatriots, Marcial’s plans are greater than a SEA Games gold.

“This is my first step to my goal of making the Olympics,” stated Marcial. “I am confident that I can win my fourth SEA Games gold.”

He will intention for the lads’s 75kg gold medal on Sunday in opposition to Delio Anzaqeci Mouzinho of Timor Leste, who scored a savage knockout win over Hun Kimheang of Cambodia within the second spherical. Hun needed to be taken out of the gymnasium on a stretcher.

Rogen Ladon additionally made the finals of the flyweight (males’s 52kg) division besting Thailand’s Thanarat Saengphet. He will dispute the title in opposition to hometown guess Tran Van Thao.

But the Philippines suffered a giant upset after World champion and five-time SEA Games champion Josie Gabuco misplaced to Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand within the girls’s 48kg.

Four extra Filipinos will vie for spots within the Finals of their respective weight lessons on Friday.

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