PHI archers salvage two bronze medals

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2017 07:26 PM
PHI archers salvage two bronze medals
The Philippine archery team bagged a pair of bronze medals.

KUALA LUMPUR – The gold continued to elude Filipino archers, who settled for a pair of bronze medals in the men’s and women’s team recurve events of the archery competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the National Sports Center Synthetic Turf Field here on Monday.

Pinoy marksmen Florante Matan, Gabriel Moreno and Mark Javier had the misfortune of drawing hometown favorite Malaysia in the semifinals and were completely outclassed, 0-6 (54-57, 53-58, 49-52).

The Malaysians beat the Thais, 6-0, for the gold medal.

The Filipinos vented their ire on the Vietnamese, 6-0, (50-49, 55-54, 54-53) in securing the men’s team bronze.

It was same story Pinay hawkeyes Nicole Marie Tagle, Mary Queen Ybanez and Kareel Meer Hongitan, who were ambushed by Indonesia, 2-6, (50-52. 55-54, 54-56, 52-55) in the semis.

They shut out Vietnam, 6-0, (51-44, 50-47, 55-47) for the women’s team bronze.

The last hope for gold now rests on the shoulders of SEA Games women’s recurve silver medalist Ortega and Matan, who will be partnering in the mixed doubles event on Tuesday, capping archery hostilities.   

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