Timor Leste won its first medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) — two bronze — courtesy of flyweight Jose Barreto Quintas da Silva and jin Araujo dos Reis
Quintas da Silva defeated Cambodia’s Asian Boxing Confederation Asian Youth Boxing Championships quarterfinalist Bang Non by a split decision two days ago to reach the medal round. But luck was not on his side Sunday afternoon when he lost to Thailand’s Ammarit Yaodam in the semifinals by a split decision at The Tent in Manila.
“I am happy with my win,” Dos Santos said through an interpreter.
Timor Leste boxing coach Isaac Gil Dos Santos, too, was pleased with their victory. Dos Santos said that many boxers in his country were inspired by Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.
“In fact, all of them particularly himself (Quintas da Silva) has been inspired by Manny Pacquiao a long time ago. We are hoping that one day, one Manny Pacquiao will visit Timor Leste,” Dos Santos said.
“We are focusing more on developing amateur than professional boxing although we have professional fighters out there.”
Dos Reis bagged the bronze in 57 kg women’s kyorugi (sparring). Dos Reis beat Kaung Nan Thou Narry of Myanmar in the quarterfinals.
Timor Leste fielded in 50 athletes in the SEAG, competing in football, boxing, taekwondo, beach volleyball, athletics, weightlifting, tennis, pencak silat, swimming, tennis and cycling.
Timor Leste won three bronze medals in taekwondo during the 2017 SEAG in Malaysia.
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