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Paalam bids foe’s Olympic dream goodbye

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Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam scored a significant victory with a split decision win against Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov, assuring the country of its fourth Olympic medal.

Carlo Paalam assured the country of its fourth Olympic medal after pulling off a quarterfinals win against Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the men’s flyweight quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The 23-year old Filipino puncher advanced to the semifinal round after a second-round stoppage over the Rio Games 2016 gold medalist.

The win marked the country’s most productive Olympic showing since its participation in the Games in 1924.

Paalam is set to face Ryomei Tanaka of Japan in the semifinals on 5 August.

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