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Palace lauds Nesthy Petecio for Olympic silver medal 



Malacañang on Tuesday congratulated Filipina pug Nesthy Petecio for winning the Philippines’ first Olympic medal in women’s boxing.

Petecio bagged a silver medal at the Tokyo Games after bowing to hometown bet Sena Irie of Japan in the featherweight division at the Kokugikan Arena via unanimous decision.

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“Congratulations, Nesthy Petecio, for a silver in boxing. This was the first time we had a woman boxer at the Olympics and we got a silver immediately,” presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said in his Palace briefing.

“The story of Nesthy is the story of the Filipino nation — from struggling, from dreaming, and from winning. We are proud of you, Nesthy,” he added.

Petecio’s feat followed the unprecedented Olympic gold medal win of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz last week.

Her victory also gave the Philippines’ first medal in boxing since Onyok Velasco nabbed a silver in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, USA.

Roque, meanwhile, expressed optimism that the 29-year-old Petecio would take home gold in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“Nesthy is a young boxer and she can take home the gold medal next time, but for now, we are very proud as a nation for her victory,” the Palace official said.

He also cheered for the feat of Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam for securing a bronze medal in men’s flyweight division after beating Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan.

“Congratulations, Carlo Paalam,” he said. “He defeated his opponent in Uzbekistan, who was a gold medalist in the Rio Olympics.”

Roque also thanked the 19-strong Philippine contingent for representing the country in the Tokyo Games and for going against formidable foes amid the persisting threat of Covid-19.