Magno gains Tokyo berth

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    FLYWEIGHT Irish Magno scored a convincing unanimous decision victory over Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Qosimova in the box-offs of the Asia-Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan yesterday to earn a ticket to the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.

    After losing in the quarterfinals to Indonesia’s Mary Kom two days ago, Magno dominated Qosimova from the start, tagging her rival repeatedly to storm to a 5-0 count at the end of the first round.

    A silver medalist in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December, the Pinay pug kept on the pressure against her outclassed Tajik opponent in the next round en route to the lopsided triumph at the Prince Hamzah Sports Hall.

    Magno became only the country’s fourth Olympic qualifier after pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo and national boxing teammate Eumir Marcial, who earned his ticket after prevailing in the middleweight quarterfinals.

    “I’m very happy for my coach Boy Velasco, this is for you coach and my ABAP family,” said an elated Magno, referring to her former head coach, at the post-match interview posted on the Olympic Channel. “I always would thank the Lord for giving me this victory.

    “We studied the result of my last match against my opponent the last time and learned lessons from it.”

    Flyweight Carlo Paalam said goodbye to his Olympic dream, bowing by unanimous decision to Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov in their box-off.