Pinoy archers set modest medal target in SEA Games
Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2015 04:58 PM
The Philippine team led by Amaya Paz-Cojuangco (second from right) is expected to deliver a good performance in the Singapore Southeast Asian Games three months from now. She is joined by (from left) Paul Dela Cruz, Andrea Robles and Earl Benjamin Yap.
A maximum of eight medals.
This is the target set by Philippine Archers National Network and Alliance chief Fred Moreno for the national team in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore three months from now.
Based on their showing at the recently concluded 2015 Asian Archery Cup in Bangkok, Thailand the Philippine team has high hopes of hitting their medal mark.
“We are conservative with our predictions but we are confident that we will do well,” said Moreno, whose son Luis Gabriel Moreno won a team event gold in the Youth Olympic Games last August.
Moreno said that their main focus in the SEA Games is to defend the men’s compound title won by Earl Benjamin Yap, Ian Patrick Chipeco and Delfin Anthony Adriano in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in 2013.
“Of course we will try to defend our men’s compound team title,” he said. “Also we are very optimistic that we will surpass the total number of medals we won in 2013 SEA Games.”
Yap won the only other medal for PHI in the last staging of the biennial meet, taking the bronze in the individual compound event.
The Singapore SEA Games from June 5 to 16 look bright for the Filipino archers if their Bangkok stint performance is used as gauge.
Amaya Paz-Cojuangco captured two golds and a silver to banner the PHI campaign in the competition popularly known as the Asian Grand Prix.
Paz-Cojuangco combined with rookie Andrea Robles and Olympian Jennifer Chan in the women’s compound event where the trio nipped India’s Surekha Vennam, Purvasha Shende and Genung Teksheng, 224-223, in the world ranking tourney.
Before that, Paz-Cojuangco and Jeff Adriano grabbed the mint in the mixed team event. She earned a silver in the individual compound play.
Paz-Cojuangco will make her comeback in the SEA Games after bagging two golds in the individual and team compound event of the 2007 edition in Thailand.
“Definitely, I will be going in the SEA Games and try my best to win the gold,” she said.
Aside from the pair of gold and silver won by the Filipinos in the Olympic Round, the squad also took five more golden hauls a bronze in the Qualification rounds.
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