By Nick Giongco
Flyweight Irish Magno took advantage of a rare chance to secure an Olympic slot after she posted a dominating win over Somaiya Qosimova of Tajikistan in the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday in Amman, Jordan.
Magno was awarded a 5-0 victory and it came just a day after being denied an outright entry following a loss in the quarterfinals.
Since there are six slots being dangled in her weight class, Magno, being a quarterfinalist, was afforded the luxury of a boxoff.
But flyweight Carlo Paalam, another quarterfinalist, wasn’t so lucky after bowing to Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, the 2019 world championships bronze medalist, in another boxoff, 4-1.
Like in Magno’s case, Paalam needed a win in the boxoff to ensure himself of a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.
Magno’s victory enabled her to join top seed middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial on the early list of qualifiers for the July 24-August 9 Olympics.
The five other Filipinos who faltered, including Paalam, will have their last chance when Paris stages the World Qualifying in mid-May.
Others who failed to make a dent in Jordan also include feather Ian Clark Bautista and welter James Palicte and women punchers Nesthy Petecio, the top seed at featherweight, and lightweight Riza Pasuit.