The Philippine Star

IN BIG ROMP Pete­cio rules the world, too

- – Joey Vil­lar Gymnastics · Sports · Germany · Russia · Philippines · Stuttgart · England · Davao · Davao City · Argentina · Taiwan · China · South Korea · Gymnastics World Championships · Ulan-Ude · Argentina national football team · Taipei

From Ger­many to Rus­sia, the Filipino ath­letes pulled off one shock vic­tory on the world stage af­ter the other with Nesthy Pete­cio cap­ping the big Sat­ur­day romp by bag­ging the gold in the World Women’s Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ulan-Ude.

Hours af­ter Car­los Yulo made his­tory by de­liv­er­ing the Philip­pines’ first-ever gold medal in the 49th Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics World Cham­pi­onships in Stuttgart, Ger­many, Pete­cio bucked over­whelm­ing odds, in­clud­ing home­town bet Li­ud­mila Vorontsova and a hos­tile crowd, with a gritty per­for­mance to snare the gold in the feath­er­weight class.

Ev­ery­thing Pete­cio did right in pulling the rug from un­der a taller Kariss Art­ingstall of Eng­land, 4-1, in their semi­fi­nal bout Fri­day, she did again against Vorontsova, flick­ing solid punches and com­ing away with com­bi­na­tions that for­ever hounded the lo­cal ace.

The Davao City na­tive came out of the fight gain­ing the nods of three of the five judges with two scor­ing 30-27 and an­other putting it 29-28 for the new Filip­ina champ, who wept af­ter be­ing de­clared the win­ner.

Cu­ri­ously, the Ja­pa­nese judge scored it 30-27 for Vorontsova, who also gained a 29-28 score­line from the other judge from Ar­gentina though it was clear that the 27-year-old Pete­cio had thrown and con­nected with the most telling blows dur­ing the en­tire bout.

Vorontsova, who scored a con­tro­ver­sial vic­tory over top seed and Asian Games bronze medal­ist Lin Yu Ting of Chi­nese Taipei in a semis match many thought the Tai­wanese had dom­i­nated, later placed the out­come un­der protest.

But Pete­cio made sure she’d im­pose her will against the Rus­sian, whom she dom­i­nated with her de­ter­mi­na­tion and power plus style that also net­ted her sil­ver medal feats in the Asian Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in China and in the Worlds in Korea, both in 2015.

ABAP pres­i­dent Ricky Var­gas was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally elated with the re­sult say­ing “Nesthy de­served the win. Not only be­cause she fought bril­liantly but also be­cause she sac­ri­ficed so much for this. I’m shed­ding tears of joy for her. Mabuhay ka, Nesthy!”

He also gave credit to coaches Boy Velasco and Rey­naldo Galido for their men­tor­ship. “Ac­tu­ally, the en­tire ABAP coach­ing staff headed by head coach Pat Gaspi de­serves the credit, in­clud­ing our for­eign con­sul­tant Don Ab­nett. They did a great job,” Var­gas added.

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