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Eumir Marcial Wins Bronze, the Philippines' Third Medal at #Tokyo2020

He lost to Ukraine, but is still going home with a medal.
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Filipino middleweight boxers Eumir Marcial has won a bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Marcial lost the semifinal match to Ukrainian opponent Oleksandr Khyzhniak in a 3-2 split decision, but is still going home with a bronze medal in his Olympic debut.

The Zamboanga native’s bronze is the Philippines’ third official medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With Marcial’s bronze, boxer Nesthy Petecio’s silver, and Hidilyn Diaz’ gold, the Philippines is now the top Southeast Asian country at the Olympics as flyweight boxer Carlo Paalam is already assured a silver.

Fellow boxer Carlo Paalam defeated his opponent just a few minutes ago in the flyweight semifinals, and will be fighting for gold in the flyweight finals on Saturday.

Prior to his tight match with Khyzhniak, Eumir Marcial was coasting through the Olympics after beating all of his previous opponents in the first round: his first opponent in the prelims bowed out after a forehead cut and his second opponent was down by knockout two minutes into the game.

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