Archers miss target in World Cup Stage 3

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The 16-man national archery team aims to improve its performance in the ongoing World Cup Stage 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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“This competition will help our players in assessing their game, which will be their basis when they compete in other international tournaments including the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games,” World Archery Philippines secretary-general Rosendo Sombrio told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday.

Compound specialist Paul Marton Dela Cruz emerged as the top Pinoy finisher in the tournament, tallying 692 points in the 72-arrow men’s qualification round for the 14th spot.

Finishing 27th was Asian Grand Prix medalist Earl Yap followed by Joseph Vicencio and Niron Concepcion in No. 60 and 62, respectively.

Amaya-Paz Cojuangco, meanwhile, finished 28th in the field of 55 players by scoring 663 points followed by Jennifer Chan (36th), Abby Tindugan (45th) and Kim Concepcion (55th) in the women’s compound class.

In the men’s recurve division, Youth Olympics Gold medalist Gabby Moreno finished 70th out of 93 athletes followed by veteran Florante Matan at 71st, Olympian Mark Javier came in at 89th while Rogelio Tremedal was dead last.

Dumaguete City native Nicole Tagle, on the other hand, finished 31st after getting 625 points against 67 players in the women’s curve.

Kareel Hongitan was 44th with 612 while Mary Queen Ybanez and Pia Bidaure finished 46th and 47th in the women’s recurve, respectively.

Paz-Cojuangco and Matan both finished 17th in the women’s and men’s compound, respectively, after the five-day World Cup Stage 1 in Shanghai, China.

The Philippines, meanwhile, finished ninth in the recurve women, compound women team and recurve mixed team, 17th in the compound men’s and mixed team and 19th in recurve men team.

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