PH Ladon falls short against Colombia's Martinez

PH Ladon falls short against Colombia's Martinez

-Philippines' Rogen Ladon bows out as he loses 3-0 against Colombia's Yurberjen Martinez

-After a tightened hamstring during the start of the second round, Landon's mobility constraints made it impossible to dodge Martinez' punches thus eventually ending any hopes for the Philippines to get a medal for this event

-Landon, along with Charly Suarez were the initial athletes that pundits tagged as clear medal hopefuls for the Philippines' delegation in this Summer Olympics games

PH Ladon falls short against Colombia's Martinez
Colombia's Martinez (L) versus Philippines' Ladon (R) Photo by AFP

The Philippines' boxer Rogen Ladon, in his match against Colombian Yurberjen Herney Martinez, strained a hamstring in what led to a 3-0 decision in favor of his opponent thus ending his Olympic campaign in Rio de Janeiro.

During the match that was held at the Riocentro Boxing Pavilion, Ladon was able to give a close right in the first of the three-round fight, 29-28.

Martinez was able to overwhelm Ladon with the precision of his shots to the head in the next two rounds where scores were 30-27, and 29-28.

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The 22-year-old boxer who hails from Bago City, Negros Occidental, in this upsetting outcome, ends Team Philippines' hopes of getting a medal in the boxing events for this summer Olympics.

Both Rogen Landon and Charly Suarez were initially thought by analysts to be clear medal grabbers of the Philippines' delegation going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

When interviewed after his match, Ladon shared his disappointment and frustration as his hamstring strained during the start of the second round.

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He said that it limited his movements thus making him an easier target for Martinez.

Nolito Velasco, the head boxing coach for the national boxing team said that despite having difficulty in mobilizing and avoid getting hit due to the injury, Ladon fought with all his heart yet still fell short.

By virtue of being ranked 5th in the 49-kilogram class, Ladon was able to jump in the second round right away requiring him at least two wins to secure a bronze medal.

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Instead, he faces a highly energized fighter whose morale is optimum after coming out of a 3-0 victory over Brazil's Patrick Lourenco in the first round.

In this weight division, only 22 fighters from all over the world made it to the Olympics.

Next up for the Philippines in Rio is judoka Kodo Nakano, who will be competing in the men's 81kg round of 64 on Tuesday evening at 9pm.

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