Twitter is the ideal place for bite-sized bursts of emotion—and with boxer Nesthy Petecio nabbing the Philippines' second medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it's no surprise that she's risen to the Philippine trending list.
Nesthy nabbed the silver medal in the women's boxing final today, Aug. 3, against Japan's Sena Irie in a nail-biting stand-off. As the first Filipina boxer to earn an Olympic medal, there's a lot worth celebrating.
Check out some of the online acclaim surrounding the deserving athlete:
Congratulations Nesthy!— Winlove Mojica, MD (@theskinsensei) August 3, 2021
Congratulations Mr. Paalam!
You make us proud!
Hoping we'll have more funding for sports.
"it may not have been the Gold but it certainly feels like one..." ???— Krisha Anne (@Abeautifulmes18) August 3, 2021
Congrats Nesthy Petecio! You made us all proud! pic.twitter.com/OBHSjtFxlK
Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam beat world champions. Filipino boxers are world-class.— Ariel Rojas (@johnarielrojas) August 3, 2021
A close fight always goes to the host nation’s boxer. Always been the case. That third round belonged to Petecio IMHO. Just the same, congrats Nesthy! ???— Gerry Cacanindin (@GerryCacanindin) August 3, 2021
Aside from the congratulations, others are also defending that Nesthy didn't simply "settle" for the silver, as it took years of training and sacrifice to even reach the Tokyo Olympic ring.
Also I can understand the disappointment but using “settles” and “still” when describing Nesthy’s silver win is sort of invalidating her hardwork, talent and her difficult road to the podium. She WON that medal. She earned that podium finish. Be proud of the silver.— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) August 3, 2021
Nesthy didn’t just “settle” for silver. She WON silver, along with the respect and admiration of her country and the international athletic community.— miguel lago ?️? (@jm_lago) August 3, 2021
Take the Nesthy plunge! #LabanPilipinas
Nesthy earned that medal by going through grueling matches in the Olympics. Her body battered from all those fights. She deserves nothing less than praise for her contribution to this country. Mabuhay ka, Nesthy Petecio.— YCZ (@YeochinZ) August 3, 2021
It is a medal earned, not a medal settled for.
Meanwhile, other netizens have called forth for a certain iced tea brand of the same name.
NESTEA while waiting for Nesthy Petecio to win the Olympic GOLD pic.twitter.com/fJkzLQW59d— alexcerado (@alexcerado) July 28, 2021
If she wins the gold, Nesthy Petecio definitely deserves a lifetime supply of Nestea.— Dino Maragay (@dino_mars) July 28, 2021
While others are just downright making hilarious memes of the situation.
Filipinos after watching the Nesthy Petecio match pic.twitter.com/JoDEMxEBlv— CONDÉ NASTY (@bloodyvints) August 3, 2021
Before the Tweets exploded, one of Nesthy's last tweets before the big match showcased an adorable "mini-me" clay figurine of the Olympian and "one last push" for her 2020 Olympic stint.
Looks like Nesthy is getting the hang of Twitter to see the love coming her way!
(Banner photo: Olympic silver medalist Philippines' Nesthy Petecio celebrates after the women's feather (54-57kg) boxing final bout against Japan's Sena Irie during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. Luis ROBAYO / POOL / AFP)