SEA Games: Eumir Marcial prevents Thai enemy from entering gold medal match; Gabuko out

Yumi Marshall of the Philippines reacts to Algeria's Younes Nemucci during a 16-man preliminary round of the men's (69-75 kg) preliminary round during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29, 2021 at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.  Pool / AFP)

File – Yumi Marshall of the Philippines. (Photo by Luis Robayo / Pool / AFP)

BAC NINH, Vietnam – Yumi Felix Marcel’s Olympic hopes remain bright after he lined up for the middleweight gold medal on Thursday after a stunning victory over a Thai enemy in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.

Martial, the famous Olympian who jumped among the professionals, threw a sledgehammer against a helpless Pirapat Yesungnoin, forcing his corner to throw a towel in the middle of the second round.

“This is my first step towards the Olympics,” said Marshall. “I’m confident I can win gold in my fourth SEA Games.”

He will take the men’s 75kg gold medal on Sunday to Timor-Leste’s Delio Anjakechi Raksat who won a knockout knockout victory over Cambodia’s Hun Kimheng in the second round. Hun had to be carried on a stretcher from the gymnasium.

Rosen Ladon also advanced to the finals in the flyweight (men’s 52kg) division by beating Thanarat Sengfet of Thailand. He will argue for the title against his hometown betting Tran Van Thao.

But the Philippines suffered a major setback when the women’s 48kg world champion and five-time SEA Games champion Josie Gabuko lost to fourth-seeded Raksat in Thailand.

In the men’s 63kg, James Palikte suffered an acid reflux in the second round and was knocked out by Indonesia’s Farand Papendang. He was ahead on the scoreboard after the first round.

Riza Pasuit also failed to advance to the gold medal round in the women’s 57kg after losing to Vietnam’s Vuong Thi Vie.

Four more Filipinos will fight for a place in the semifinals on Friday.

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