Air Force chief hails Marcial for Olympic bronze win
By : Priam Nepomuceno Mindanao Today/08:24:07am 08/07/2021
MANILA – Philippine Air Force (PAF) commander Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes congratulated Airman First Class (A1C) Eumir Marcial who won the bronze medal in the men's boxing middleweight division at the Tokyo Olympics.
"A1C Marcial remarkably exemplifies Diwa, Galing at Malasakit of the PAF Airmen. Congratulations, Airman First Class Eumir Marcial PAF!" he said in a statement on Thursday night.
Marcial, who hails from Zamboanga, entered the PAF in 2013 and is an organic personnel of PAF Civil Military Operations Group.
In 2019, Marcial brought home the silver medal in the men's middleweight (75-kg.) category at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekatarinburg, Russia.
"The men and women of the PAF celebrate this historic event as Marcial brought the third Olympic boxing medal for the country," Paredes said.
Marcial’s Olympic stint ended on Thursday afternoon after falling to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak who won via split decision at the semi-final round of the men’s middleweight event at the Kokugikan Arena in the Japanese capital.
The Philippines is now assured of four Olympic medals, following the gold medal win of Marcial’s fellow Air Force member Hidilyn Diaz in the women’s 55-kg. weightlifting event and a silver medal from Nesthy Petecio who lost to Japan’s Sena Irie in the final round of the women’s flyweight division.
Another Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam is now assured of a silver medal after defeating Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka in the semi-finals of the men’s flyweight event.
He will try to clinch another gold medal for the Philippines as he faces Galal Yafai of Great Britain in the final round set on Saturday. (PNA)