HANGZHOU, China—Eumir Marcial is on a significant mission to earn a return journey to subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics.
Marcial moved nearer to realizing that purpose after knocking out Southeast Asian Video games champion Weerapon Jongjoho on Sunday night time within the nineteenth Asian Video games.
The Filipino Olympic bronze medalist bludgeoned Jongjoho with a booming proper after a quick change on the nook that decked the Thai 14 seconds remaining within the second spherical.
Dazed from the heavy blow, the 22-year-old Jongjoho was waived off by the referee, sending Marcial to the semifinals reverse Syria’s Ahmad Ghousoon on the Hangzhou Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Though Marcial, compelled to go as much as a heavier division after the 75kg the place he received a bronze within the Tokyo Olympics received scrapped, is already assured of a bronze medal, the 27-year-old from Zamboanga Metropolis desires nothing lower than a finals look.
“I had a tough time as a result of he’s tall. Once I noticed the clock with a minute left, I gave the whole lot I’ve received and the end result that I wished got here out,” mentioned a euphoric Marcial in Filipino.
Solely the finalists within the 80kg class within the Asiad can land spots within the Olympics.
Marcial will get his fingers full in opposition to crowd favourite Ghousoon, who pummeled Tajikistan’s Shabbos Negmatulloev with energy pictures to the pinnacle and physique to prevail, 5-0, of their quarterfinal bout.