Asian Games: Eumir Marcial struggles to sustain early brilliance, settles for silver vs. Chinese foe

Eumir Marcial's dominant Round 1 was not enough to give the Philippines its third Asian Games gold. PSC-POC Media Pool
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Eumir Marcial missed out on giving the Philippines a second gold to end the day and third overall in this year's Asian Games after bowing to Tanglatihan Tuohetaerbieke of host country China in the men's light heavyweight boxing final on Thursday night at the Hangzhou Gymnasium.

Eumir Marcial had a golden opportunity to dominate Tuohetaerbieke after sending him to a standing eight-count in the first round that merited a 10-9 from all five judges.

However, Tuohetaerbieke responded with a standing eight-count of his own in Round 2 to get all 10-9 scores from the judges as well.

Marcial seemed to have recovered from his second-round error and dominated his Chinese foe in the final three minutes, but all five judges thought Tuohetaerbieke was the better boxer in Round 3 and gave him the win via unanimous decision.

Marcial settled for the silver, the Philippines' second for the year along with two golds and 10 bronzes as the Asian Games nears its homestretch.

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