Philippines’ lone female quota holder Irish Magno – I can’t achieve any successes without my coaches
Philippines’ best female boxer is definitely the defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Nesthy Petecio but only her teammate Irish Magno qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games through the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. Magno has been attending in the international stage since 2012 and her hard work delivered for her a quota at the Box-off of the Qualifiers in Amman.
The Southeast Asian boxing power earned two quota places for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games through the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Amman. Irish Magno eliminated Hong Kong’s Winnie Au Yin Yin before losing her quarter-final against India’s star Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. The Filipino boxer controlled the Box-off against Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Kosimova and became Olympian after that success.
“I can say that I am so proud of that finally I can represent my country in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. When I won my Box-off I was so blessed and thankful because all of my hard work, enthusiasm and sacrifices are paid off with this Olympic quota place for the Tokyo Games.
I defeated a talented girl from Hong Kong and my key fight was against Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Kosimova. My winning tactic was only to listen to my coaches. For me that is the most important in every fight and I know I can’t achieve any successes without my coaches and their experiences.
I was so nervous at the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Amman and I felt I am under big pressure. My weight class is seriously strong in the Asian continent, all of my opponents were strong and well-prepared to the event.
I am expecting that I will be in top shape by the time of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games and I can get a medal for my beloved country in Japan. I train at home during the quarantine and trying to keep myself fit and strong,” summarized her experiences Philippines’ lone female quota holder Irish Magno.
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