July 19, 2018, 5:52 am
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Pinoy archers eye 2 more golds

FILIPINO archers will shoot for a pair of gold medals today after advancing to the finals of the mixed team and men’s team events of the compound competitions of the 2018 Asia Cup Stage 2 tournament yesterday at the Rizal Memorial ballpark. 

Teaming up with former Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Dela Cruz will gun for his third straight mint after the Pinoy duo edged the second-seeded Indian squad of Sanil Aman and Mrinal Anil Hwrale 154-153 in the semis match that went down-the wire early in the morning.

The hometown squad will be ranged against the No. 1 seed Taiwanese pair of Lin Ming-Ching and Lin Che-Wei, who took out the Chinese squad of Chen Na and Huang Wei 153-146 in the other semis match of the championships organized by World Archery Philippines and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.

Under scorching hot conditions, Dela Cruz, after a short break, returned to action, combining with Joseph Vicencio and Earl Benjamin Yap in downing India’s Pritish Chowdhury, Aman Saini and Gurjatinder Singh 230-228 in the men’s team compound contest.

The Pinoy trio will be up against the powerhouse Taiwanese troika of Chen Hsiang-Hsuan, Lin Che-Wei and Lin Hsin-Min, who drew a bye in the opening round before brushing off China’s He Ying, Huang Wei and Xing Yifei 234-221 in the other semis encounter.

“Alam naming malakas ang mga Taiwanese but we are playing on our home ground kaya naniniwala kami na may pag-asa pa rin kaming manalo,” said Dela Cruz, who had earlier won gold medals in the qualification round and men’s individual compound event.

“The Taiwanese have sent their A-team that will be competing in the Asian Games and it definitely shows by their performance here,” pointed out WAP secretary general Dondon Sombrio, also the competition’s tournament director.

Also shooting for bronze in the final day of the tournament today is the recurve mixed squad of Kareel Meer Hongitgan and Mark Javier, who narrowly lost in the semis 4-5 (39-37, 36-37, 35-37, 35-38) to the Taiwanese tandem of Lei Chien-Ying and We Chun-Heng.

The Taiwanese will face the South Korean squad of Le Gahyun and Seo Mingi, which subdued India’s Akash and Ridhi 5-3 (39-37, 38-37, 33-37, 35-35) in the other semis match.   

The Filipinos also added another bronze to their tally yesterday courtesy of the women’s compound team of Jennifer chan, Amaya Paz-Cojuangco and Andrea Robles, who lost in the semis 219-229 to India’s Divya Dhayal, Muskan Kirar and Hrawle.
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