Just days after Hidilyn Diaz's historic win, another female athlete is geared to bring home an Olympic medal. Davaoeño boxer, Nesthy Petecio, is among the 19 Filipino athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She recently beat out Colombian boxer, Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda, in the featherweight quarterfinal, landing her an assured spot on the podium. She won with a unanimous score of 5-0 and has also helped to assure the "first multi-medal Olympic performance by a Philippine contingent" in over 80 years.
Today, 3 August 2021, Petecio made history as the first Filipina Olympic boxing medalist. She won a silver medal in a bout against Japan's Sena Irie.
The two had previously boxed before. Irie had won three out of their four matches in the past.
Petecio's win is also the country's first Olympic boxing triumph since Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco's silver medal won at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Petecio had previously beat out Marcelat Sakobi Matshu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Yu Ting Lin of Taiwan.