- It’s a good day to celebrate Filipino pride as the country bagged two gold medals in less than 24 hours over the weekend.
- Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio will both be bringing home the bacon after winning in their respective fields in the world championships.
- Netizens and government officials lauded the two for their hard work and persistence while representing the country.
MANILA, Philippines—It’s a back-to-back win for the Philippines under the boxing and gymnastics field in the world championships this weekend.
19-year-old Carlos Yulo bagged a historic win as the country’st first world gymnastics champion last Saturday under the men’s all-around and floor exercise events at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, shortly after qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Meanwhile, 27-year-old boxer Nesthy Petecio clinched the gold medal in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships, defeating Russian opponent Liudmila Vorontsova on Sunday, less than 24 hours after Yulo’s victory.
Meanwhile, Petecio is the second Filipina boxer to win the gold after Josie Gabuco in 2012.
Petecio’s run to the final has not been easy with her first three fights coming by split decision. She, however, manage to defeat her rival in the women’s featherweight class despite the latter’s hometown advantage.
Netizens on Twitter lauded the two champions for exhibiting Filipino pride.
“Carlos Yulo, Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Nesthy Petecio, Women’s World Boxing Champions in 24 hours! #Laban Pilipinas,” former courtside reporter Ceej Tantengco tweeted.
The Philippine national anthem was heard twice in the world stage twice in 24 hours. Yan ang galing ng atletang Pilipino! Congrats to Nesthy Petecio, our new world champion! pic.twitter.com/RhW5Uyu2bu— kristelsports (@kristelsports) October 13, 2019
“Wow! Just wow! Filipino athletes everywhere! Represent!” said @weltschmerz1993.
Government officials also threw in their support for the athletes.
“Our hard work has paid off. I thank the entire country for the love and support,” said Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion.
“Not only has he done the sport of gymnastics in the Philippines proud, Yulo has also done his country proud by being the first Filipino to win a gold medal in the event,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.
“Nesthy deserved the win not only because she fought brilliantly, but also because she sacrificed so much for this,” said Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) President Ricky Vargas.
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