FILE – Irish Magno. INQUIRER PHOTO/SHERWIN
MANILA, Philippines — Irish Magno was simply making an attempt to ditch on family duties however she by no means knew that her rebellious antics would change into the primary domino piece in her athletic profession.
That fateful after-school escapade to Janiuay’s city plaza in Iloilo in the end instilled a love of boxing that the younger Magno by no means shook off.
Solely 16 years previous that point, Magno watched in awe as she noticed beginner boxers practice and when that group’s coach approached her hesitancy grew to become dedication.
Her dedication in the end grew to become her ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“I by no means imagined that I’d change into a part of the nationwide group simply because I used to be making an attempt to flee doing a little family chores,” mentioned Magno in Filipino. “By no means in my wildest goals that I’d attain the Olympics.”
“Possibly if I didn’t do this, I’d nonetheless be within the province and would’ve been a farmer by now.”
Magno, at first, wasn’t all that severe in her budding profession however she was slowly entering into it that she was even afraid of telling her dad and mom about it.
The then-teenager was then shocked to study that she can be competing within the Nationwide Open, Youth and Ladies’s Novice Boxing Championship in Iloilo Metropolis.
It was in that occasion that her love for the game blossomed after she witnessed future teammates Josie Gabuco, Analisa Cruz, and Annie Albania battle contained in the ring.
Her admiration, nonetheless, turned to concern when she fought Albania, a gold medalist within the Southeast Asian Video games, and whereas she was defeated the loss grew to become her motivation to take boxing significantly.
Slowly, Magno pursued and have become a Philippine consultant within the SEA Video games profitable a bronze and two silvers from 2013 to 2019.
There have been, nonetheless, moments that Magno was tempted to stop.
“Earlier than I used to be telling myself that I ought to stop from boxing that I’d quit from the game,” mentioned Magno. “But when I’m going again to the province then I’d be again to zero. I’ll return to nearly having nothing.”
“As a substitute of getting the means to assist my household, I’d simply be a burden. That what I used to be pondering. So I pushed on regardless of the difficulties as a result of now I may also help them.”
Regardless of developing brief within the SEA Video games, Magno made historical past when she grew to become the primary Filipino lady boxer to qualify for the Olympics.
Magno defeated Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Qosimova 5-0 within the box-off spherical of the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event in Amman, Jordan to get to Tokyo.
That victory, nonetheless, was a little bit of redemption bid for Magno after she misplaced within the quarterfinals in opposition to India’s Mary Kom.
“I misplaced to Mary Kom within the quarterfinals and I admit I actually misplaced religion in myself that point,” mentioned Magno. “However I knew I needed to win in my subsequent battle to get to the Olympics so I instructed myself and I pushed myself that I ought to get the win.”
“Once I misplaced and I received one other likelihood I instructed myself that I received’t waste this chance that was given to me. I used to be given one other likelihood so why will I waste it? I ought to overlook in regards to the loss and what occurred was I gave all the things I had.”
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