Paz-Cojuangco shoots silver, three more bronze for PHI archers

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 14, 2015 06:01 PM
Paz-Cojuangco shoots silver in archery
The Pinoy hawkeyes garnered one silver and three bronze medals to finish fifth overall in the event.

SINGAPORE --- Comebacking Amaya Paz-Cojuangco was unable to adjust to the sudden change of wind conditions and narrowly lost the women’s compound gold medal to Malaysia’s Fatin Nurfatelah Matt Saleh, 136-138, on Sunday at the close of the Southeast Asian Games archery tournament here.

Ahead after the first two rounds, Paz, the back-to-back champion in this event in the 2005 Philippine and 2007 Thailand SEA Games, lost her grip of the lead in the third around with scores of 9-8-9 against Matt Saleh’s 8-10-10

The Malaysian then secured the gold medal in the fifth and final round, hitting scores of 10-9-9 compared to the Filipina’s 9-9-9.

“Aya (Amaya’s nickname) wasn’t able to adjust to the winds, especially after she lost the lead,” coach Rosendro Brio said afterwards. “Kapag kasi lumamang na ang isang archer, yong nasa likod ang mangungunang tumira. Yong second archer may panahon mag-adjust sa hangin.”

The championship match was supposed to be held in the morning but heavy rains forced organizers to reset it at mid-afternoon when the clouds cleared.

The  men’s and women’s compound teams swept its matches against Singapore to bag bronzes in both events held in the morning.

Benjamin Earl Yap, Delfin Adriano and Paul Dela Cruz bested the Singaporeans, 230-223, while Cojuangco, Jennifer Chan and Jo An Tabanag nipped the hosts, 210-208.

A third bronze medal came also in the afternoon in the mixed team compound event from Cojuangco and Yap, who beat the Indonesian tandem of Rona Siska Sari and Sapria Saprianto, 152-149.

The Pinoy hawkeyes garnered one silver and three bronze medals to finish fifth overall in the event.

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