Olympics: Irish Magno overwhelms Kenyan foe in debut, moves to round of 16

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: Irish Magno (L) of Philippines exchanges punches with Christine Ongare of Kenya during the Women's Fly (48-51kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: Irish Magno (L) of Philippines exchanges punches with Christine Ongare of Kenya during the Women's Fly (48-51kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The Philippines scored another huge win in boxing in the 2020 Tokyo Games as Irish Magno made a huge splash in her Olympic debut on Sunday (July 25).  

Magno defeated Christine Ongare of Kenya via unanimous decision in the Round of 32 of the women's flyweight division at the Kokugikan Arena. 

The Filipina boxer orchestrated a drubbing of her Kenyan foe on all three rounds, as four judges scored the bout 30-27 in her favor while the other one had it 30-26.  

Magno, a 29-year-old Janiuay, Iloilo native, will move on to the Round of 16 on Thursday. 

She is the second Philippine-bred boxer to move on to the next round of competition following Nesthy Petecio's unanimous decision win over Congo's Sakobi Matshu Marcelat a day before.

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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