Carlo Paalam stuns Rio gold medalist, secures Olympic medal

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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: Carlo Paalam of Team Philippines celebrates vicrory over Shakhobidin Zoirov of Team Uzbekistan during the Men's Fly (48-52kg) quarter final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: Carlo Paalam of Team Philippines celebrates vicrory over Shakhobidin Zoirov of Team Uzbekistan during the Men's Fly (48-52kg) quarter final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images)

The medal rush continued for the Philippines in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3) after Carlo Paalam secured at least a bronze medal in the men's flyweight division. 

The Filipino boxer pulled off a monumental upset on Olympic gold medalist and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan via a 4-0-1 split decision win at the Kokugikan Arena.  

Standing his ground despite the odds stacked against him, Paalam edged out Zoirov in the scorecards after the bout was put to a halt at the 1:44 mark of the second round, where both fighters sustained cuts from an accidental head collision. 

Four of the five judges scored the bout 20-18 in favor of Paalam, with the other one scoring it a 19-19 stalemate.  

Paalam has now delivered the Philippines its fourth guaranteed medal in the Tokyo Games, as the 19-strong contingent becomes the most bemedalled team the country has ever assembled in 97 years.  

Still, the fight is far from over for the 23-year-old Paalam, who advances to the semifinal round where a win over Ryomei Tanaka of Japan on Thursday, August 5, would elevate him to the gold medal match.

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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