De la Cruz, Robles rule PH Archery Cup

VIETNAM Southeast Asian (SEA) Games-bound Paul Marton de la Cruz and Andrea Lucia Robles bagged two gold medals in the compound category of the 15th Philippine Archery Cup Leg 2 which concluded on Sunday in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

De la Cruz, the defending mixed double champion, ruled the men’s compound in the Qualifying Round. Arnold Rosales of Davao got the silver while Johann Olaño settled for the bronze medal.

In the Olympic Round, he also won the gold medal, Olaño took the silver medal and Florante Matan pocketed the bronze.

In the women’s division, Robles captured the gold medal, de la Cruz’s wife, Rachelle Anne, copped the silver medal and veteran Jennifer Chan claimed the bronze medal in the Qualifying Round.

Robles also won the gold medal in the Olympic Round while Chan and Daphne Caryl Austria received the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

In the recurve category, national players Jason Emmanuel Feliciano and Gabrielle Monica Bidaure collected two gold medals each.

Riley Silos finished second followed by Sean Jonathan Tanco in the men’s Qualifying Round. Silos was also second in the Olympic Round while Girvin Cullen Nigel Garcia was third.

In the women’s division, Monica’s sister, Pia Elizabeth Angela, won the silver medal in the Qualifying Round and Olympic Round. Phoebe Nicole Amistoso bagged the bronze medals in both rounds.

Jonathan Reaport captured the gold in the Qualifying Round of the under 21 recurve category.

Meanwhile, World Archery Philippines secretary general Rosendo Sombrio said that the national archers will return to Manila on May 6 and will stay at the STII Gold Toe Archery Center in Barangka, Marikina while waiting for their flight to Hanoi on May 12.

The archers will be accompanied in the SEA Games by Sombrio, coaches Purita Joy Mariño and Clint Sayo, and World Archery Philippines President, Atty. Jesus Clint Arañas, who will serve as team manager.

The team was in bubble training in Marikina from February 25 to May 20 before they went to Dumaguete City for their final training which culminated with the Philippine Archery Cup tournament.

Ten gold medals are at stake in the archery competitions scheduled from May 15 to 19 at the Hanoi National Sports Training Center.

The gold delivered by the de la Cruz couple was the only medal won by the Philippines in archery in the 2019 edition. Vietnam was overall champion with three golds, two silvers and one bronze followed by Thailand (3-1-2), Indonesia (2-2-4), Malaysia (1-2-1) and Myanmar (0-3-1) .

De la Cruz is currently No. 136 in the men’s compound category of the World Archery rankings. He won the individual bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

In 2018, he reached a career-high No. 38 ranking after winning two golds, a silver and a bronze in the Asian Grand Prix Circuit.

Chan is a three-time SEA Games gold medalist (2009, 2011 and 2015) and has competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in London. She won the team bronze medal in the 2011 World Cup in Shanghai, China.

A total of 652 Filipino athletes are joining the Vietnam SEA Games slated from May 12 to 23.

As a host in 2019, the Philippines won the SEA Games overall championship after winning 149 golds, 117 silvers and 121 bronzes.

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