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Head-butt ends Ladon’s golden quest

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Rogen Ladon settled for a silver medal in the Men’s flyweight division boxing finals after losing to Uzbek Jasurbek Latipov, 3-1, in a fight that was cut short due to an accidental headbutt yesterday at the Hall C of the Jakarta Internatio­nal Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The first roound started off with both fighters sizing each other up, with Ladon hitting a solid right straight, while Latipov got in a thudding shot to the midsection. In the second, both boxers traded punches and as Ladon was coming in, he accidental­ly banged heads with Latipov. He suffered a huge gash on his right eyebrow and the fight was stopped by Hungarian referee Piroska Beki after the recommenda­tion of the ring physician. It was still 22 seconds into the second round.

Three judges saw Latipov ahead with identical scores of 20-18, one judge had it the other way around, 20-18, for Ladon, while the other judge saw it even at 19-19.

The Philippine­s didn’t have much luck in other events yesterday. Ojay Fuentes and Hermie Macaranas ended up at fifth place with a time of 38.944 in the Canoe double 200m Men’s finals, and the national team also dropped out in the men’s team quarterfin­als of soft tennis after losing to Chinese Taipei, 2-0. John Chicano and Nikko Huelgas finished at 10th and 16th places, respective­ly in the Men’s triathlon finals. Chicano crossed the finish line in 1:54:33, while Huelgas clocked in at 1:58:39.

The Philippine­s also settled for eighth place in women’s volleyball after losing to host Indonesia in four sets, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25.

The Philippine­s ended the day with 21 medals four golds, two silvers and 15 bronzes. /

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