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‘Inner Nesthy’ fuels Petecio’s Olympic gold drive


Nesthy Petecio (right) mixed volume with accuracy and proved too much for Indonesia’s Ratna Sari Devi. —REUTERS

Nesthy Petecio (proper) blended quantity with accuracy and proved an excessive amount of for Indonesia’s Ratna Sari Devi. —REUTERS

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—For a short interval, Nesthy Petecio thought it was time to hold up her gloves.

She had already received an Olympic silver medal, and with it got here an avalanche of riches that she and her household may comfortably stay off.

The place would she discover the drive?

“There was a time after I thought if I nonetheless wished to proceed and doubted if I may nonetheless do it,’’ stated Petecio, her thoughts torn between retirement and the luster of a gold medal within the coming 2024 Paris Olympics. “I had reached my desires, though it wasn’t a gold (within the Olympics).”

She discovered motivation the place it at all times was.

“[T]he interior Nesthy is robust, so I’ve determined to not cease till I win the gold,’’ Petecio stated.

And what a solution to enhance her confidence after the 31-year-old slugger from Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur captured her second Southeast Asian Video games title triumph on Sunday evening.

Nesthy Petecio SEA Games 2023

Southeast Asian Video games – Boxing – Chroy Changvar Conference Centre Corridor G, Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Could 14, 2023 Philippines’ Nesthy Alcayde Petecio reacts after profitable gold in opposition to Indonesia’s Ratna Sari Devi within the ladies’s 57kg class REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Petecio schooled Indonesia’s Ratna Sari Devi on the way in which to reclaiming her ladies’s featherweight title on the Chroy Changvar Conference Corridor right here.

The primary Filipino who secured an Olympic medal in ladies’s boxing threw quantity punches with pinpoint accuracy all all through the lopsided contest, leaving little doubt for the judges which facet to take.

The Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China, that begins in September is a continental qualifier for the Paris Olympics and can function a gateway for Petecio to e book a return journey to the most important sports activities spectacle on the planet.

“That gold has develop into my major motivation, however I’m at all times searching for methods to seek out my energy once more for the Olympics,’’ stated Petecio, who received the silver medal with Carlo Paalam within the Tokyo Olympics.

“I discover energy after I consider my idol champ Hidilyn [Diaz-Naranjo]. She’s my inspiration together with (gymnast) Caloy [Yulo] and (pole vaulter) EJ [Obiena],’’ stated Petecio.



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