Olympics: Irish Magno crashes out of flyweight medal contention

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Irish Magno of Team Philippines in action against Jutamas Jitpong of Team Thailand during the Women's Fly (48-51kg) on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 29: Irish Magno of Team Philippines in action against Jutamas Jitpong of Team Thailand during the Women's Fly (48-51kg) on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images)

Irish Magno's campaign in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has come to an end on Thursday, July 29. 

The Filipina boxer fell at the hands of Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand via a unanimous decision defeat in the women's flyweight division at the Kokugikan Arena. 

Four judges scored the bout 30-27 in favor of Jitpong while the other scored it 29-28.  

The clash served as a rematch of the semifinals bout in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games where Magno dispatched Jitpong with a 4-1 decision win.  

At the end, Magno could not repeat on her Thai foe, despite riding the momentum of a unanimous decision victory over Christine Ongare of Kenya in the Round of 32 last Sunday, July 25.  

The 29-year-old Janiuay, Iloilo native is the first Philippine-bred boxer to crash out of medal contention in the Tokyo Games, where Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial remain in the hunt. 

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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