Nesthy Petecio pulled off possibly her biggest win so far in the Tokyo Olympics women’s featherweight boxing event after eliminating top seed Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in their second round meeting on Wednesday at the Kokugikan Arena in the Japanese capital.
Petecio surged ahead in Round 1 with her solid shots to Lin, which were enough to impress Judges Muhammad Putra Pohan, Susann Kopke, Yaroslav Renev, and Mohamed Besmi to give Petecio the round.
Wilfredo Vasquez saw it otherwise, however, and gave a 10-9 to Lin.
In Round 2, however, Lin somehow bounced back and got 10-9’s from Vasquez, Putra Pohan, Kopke, and Besmi.
Renev was still impressed with Petecio in Round 2 and gave her the 10-9 tally.
After a tight Round 3, Vasquez and Kopke had it 29-28 for Lin, but Putra Pohan, Renev, and Besmi all gave the 29-28 win to Petecio, and the Filipina got the 3-2 split decision win.
Petecio only needs to win her quarterfinal match against Yeni Arias of Colombia to assure herself of at least a bronze medal.
Arias booked her own place in the quarterfinals after beating Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria by a 3-2 split decision.