Friday, October 3, 2014
Philippines' Charly Suarez settles for boxing silver in the Asian Games 2014
Amateur boxer Charly Suarez settled for a silver after losing to his Mongolian foe in the Asian Games men’s lightweight finals on Friday.
Mongolia's Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu built an early lead against Suarez, prompting the Filipino to go for broke in the last round.
Suarez, however, failed to topple the Mongolian and lost via a split decision.
Two judges saw it 29-28, 29-28 for Dorjnyambuu, while the other had it 27-30 for Suarez.
Suarez was the Philippines’ final hope for a gold medal in amateur boxing after Mark Anthony Barriga and Mario Lopez settled for bronze medal finishes.
Meanwhile, Filipina jin Kirstie Elaine Alora lost to Cambodian Seavmey Sorn in the semifinal round of the taekwondo -73kg division.
Alora put up a gallant fight against the taller Cambodian and pushed her foe to the brink with a 5-6 decision.
Her effort was good enough for bronze.
The Philippines now has 1 gold, 3 silver and 10 bronze medals in the 2014 Asiad.
Barriga settles for bronze in controversial loss in Asiad
Filipino amateur boxer Mark Anthony Barriga suffered a controversial decision against his South Korean foe during the 2014 Asian Games on Thursday.
Despite landing the more telling blows against Shin Jonghun, Barriga was forced to swallow a 29-28, 30-27, 39-29 defeat in the semifinal round of the light flyweight match in Incheon, South Korea.
With the loss, Barriga settled for a bronze medal, while Shin advanced to the gold medal round.
Earlier, fellow Filipino Charly Suarez advanced to the gold medal round by edging Jordan's Obada Mohammad Mustafa Alkasbeh by split decision in the men's lightweight division.
The boxing matches in this year’s Asiad have been marred by questionable results which apparently favored those coming from the host country, South Korea.
According to Agence France-Presse, scuffles even broke out due to the unfavorable decisions.
The husband of Indian lightweight Sarita Devi launched an expletive-laden tirade and tangled with security after South Korea's Park Ji-Na was controversially awarded their semi-final bout.
Mongolia's male bantamweight Tugstsogt Nyambayar contentiously lost a decision against Ham Sang-Myeong, prompting a brief sit-in protest and an official complaint.
But the International Boxing Association (AIBA) rejected the protest, saying it was not possible to appeal against judges' decisions.
Later there was more drama when Indian light flyweight Devendro Singh Laishram battered South Korea's Shin Jong-Hun almost into submission in the final round after controlling most of their fight.
Yet the Korean won quarter-final with a unanimous points verdict, which was greeted with more loud booing. – with a report from Agence France-Presse