Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023

Nesthy Petecio goals for Asian Video games glory. —FILE PHOTO

Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Nesthy Petecio is the primary to confess that she’s not getting any youthful.

That’s the reason there’s an utmost significance for Petecio in her bid to win the gold within the Hangzhou Asian Video games (Asiad).

“That is very, essential to me as a result of I’m considering that this can be my final shot. We’re not getting any youthful, we’re getting older. We’re additionally feeling issues now,” the feminine boxer stated in Filipino throughout the send-off for Asiad-bound athletes at Philippine Worldwide Conference Heart on Monday.

“It’ll rely upon what would occur right here so that is vital to me,” added Petecio, who turned 31 final April.

The Davao native is coming off a profitable run to the gold within the 60-kilogram ladies’s class of the Cambodia Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games, defeating Indonesia’s Ratna Sari Devi within the closing.

It was additionally her second SEA Video games gold after ruling the featherweight class earlier than house supporters on the 2019 version in Manila.

However these pale compared to what she did two years in the past within the Olympics, taking house a silver in the identical featherweight division.

She was considered one of 4 Filipinos who claimed a medal in Tokyo, the largest haul the nation has claimed in a single version of the Summer time Video games.

With the entire nation anticipating Petecio to rule within the boxing ring as soon as extra, the Tokyo Olympian stated she is dedicating her efficiency to her household, the nation and most significantly, herself.

“I’ll be dedicating these Asian Video games for my household, as all the time, that’s primary, for the nation and in addition for myself,” she stated.

“Final Tokyo [Olympics], it was all for the household so this time, I’ll dedicate it to me as effectively.” In the meantime, Eumir Marcial may also use his Asiad stint as a solution to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics—his foremost aim. “These Asian Video games, that is additionally an Olympic qualifier for us. Now, I’m not simply considering ‘that is the Asian Video games,’ I’m considering that we have to attain the Finals so we are able to qualify for Paris,” stated Marcial. INQ

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