Chepeco shines with 2 golds in PNG archery
IAN Chepeco of Benel club won two golds while Marie Crizabelle Merto showed up members of the national team at the start of archery competition in the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) field in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Chepeco scored a high 142 points to beat teammates Jeff Adriano and Dean Adriano for the gold in the men’s Olympic round compound category.
He returned a few hours later to win the men’s compound double 50 meters via slim margin over Earl Benjamin Yap. He scored 688 to Yap’s 687. Jeff Adriano wound up third
Marie Crizabelle Merto of Sudac club surprised national team mainstays Rachelle Anne de la Cruz and Stephanie Azaras in the women’s recurve double 70 with a high 636 points. De La Cruz managed 617 for second while Azaras finished with 557 for the silver medal.
De La Cruz bounced back by winning the gold in the women’s Olympic round recurve with Andrea Orbeta of Manila Polo Club placing second and Merto of Sudac, third.
Theodore Cabral of AIM-X also stunned national team members Paul de la Cruz and Flor Matan in the men’s Olympic round recurve. De la Cruz finished second and Matan at the third spot. But Matan came back to rule the men’s double 70 recurve with 640 points followed by De la Cruz for second with 631 and Mark Javier, another member of the national team, was third with 621 points.
Veteran Joann Tabanag showed she is still a force to reckon with by topping the women’s compound double 50 with 665 points. Fellow national team members Amaya Paz Cojuangco settled for second with 663 and Jennifer Chan for the bronze with also 663 points.
In the archery juniors division, Cebu’s Jugij Llanto dominated the boys double 70 recurve with 547 points, Ronaldo Fernandez of Tarlac took second place with 543 and Pasay City’s Pacifico Aranas third with 536.
Baguio City’s Kareel Hongitan topped the girls double 70 recurve with 581 followed by Kathy Rose Vilbar of CKat with 551 and Tricia Gaway Bomogao also of Baguio at third with 539. FRANK CALAPRE