SINGAPORE - Nesthy Petecio is confident about her chances of winning a first ever gold in the 28th Southeast Asian Games, but hopes bias judging won’t hamper her bid again as boxing competitions start here on Saturday
The optimism of the 23-year-old Petecio stems from her victory in the recent President’s Cup in Palembang, Indonesia where she beat a Thai foe en route to winning the gold in the 54-kg division.
But the Filipina pug hopes the same fate that befell her in the 2013 edition of the meet in Myanmar won’t happen again when bias judging denied her of winning the gold that was awarded to a Myanmar bet.
“Unang-una, iniisip namin ‘yung mga judges. Madaling makipaglaban, madaling makakuha ng medalya sa SEA Games, pero sana ‘wag po ‘yung daya ang dumating sa amin,” said Petecio during Team Philippines’ send-off a few weeks ago.
A silver medalist in last year’s World Championship in Jeju Island, Korea, Petecio dropped in weight from 57-kg to 54-kg.
Still, that didn’t stop her from winning the gold in the President’s Cup by beating Paemwilat Laopeam of Thailand.
Petecio still sees Thailand as the biggest stumbling block in her bid to win a SEA Games gold.
“Thailand pa rin po,” said Petecio, when asked about her toughest foe in the biennial meet. “Siya po ‘yung nakalaro ko nung President’s Cup na maglalaro sa SEA Games at tinalo ko siya sa finals.”