Yumi’s Martial is moving forward, keeping an eye on the Olympics

Yumi's Martial

File – Philippine Umi Marshall. AFP

BAC NINH, Vietnam: Yumi Felix Martial was in search of a middleweight gold medal on Thursday after a stunning victory over a Thai opponent in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Marshall, the famous Olympian who has entered among the professionals, throws a sledgehammer against a helpless Pirapat Yesunnoen, forcing a Thai corner thrower in the middle of the second round with a towel.

And like his other big-dream compatriots, Marshall’s plans are bigger than the gold of the SEA Games.

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

He will be aiming for the men’s 75kg gold medal on Sunday against Timor Leste’s Delio Anjakechi Moujinho, who won the knockout round against 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.

Four more Filipinos will fight for the spot in their respective weight class finals on Friday.

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