Olympic first-timer Rogen Ladon admits jitters got better of him in horror Rio debut
Filipino Rogen Ladon had his moments against Yurbejen Martinez of Colombia, but these came few and far between in their light-flyweight bout at the Rio Olympics. Jerome Ascano

RIO DE JANEIRO – Called it a bad case of Olympic jitters.

Rogen Ladon admitted being overwhelmed in his first fight in the Rio Olympiad that led to a unanimous decision loss to Yurbejen Martinez of Colombia on Sunday (Monday night, Manila time).

The 22-year-old flyweight appeared sluggish for most of the three-round contest and absorbed a 3-0 setback in his first stint as an Olympian.

‘Masyado ako na-excite,” said Ladon inside the Athletes Village a few hours after the bout.

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The native of Bago City, Negros Oriental drew a bye in the first round, but admitted having barely slept on the eve of his debut.

“Kagabi halos hindi na ako nakatulog,” he added. “Siguro sa excitement at tension na rin.”

It didn’t make it better for Ladon that he suddenly felt tightness on his legs during the bout, limiting his movement against the tough-fighting Colombian.

“Tumigas mga legs ko sa second round. Ramdam ko hanggang final (round),” the soft-spoken boxer said.

But Ladon is not taking anything away from Martinez, saying he learned a lot from the humbling experience.

“Dagdag sa experience ko ito,” he stressed. “Kailangan higitan pa ng training. Tuloy pa din ang laban.”

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