Five Pinoy archers to vie for Rio slots

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Five Filipino archers will be vying for Olympic berths in the 2016 Archery World Cup Stage 3 and Rio Olympic Qualifier scheduled on June 11 to 19 at the Konyaalti Beach Park in Antalya, Turkey.

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“We are doing our best to be really prepared before the qualification tournament. In fact, we have prepared special programs for them including skills training,” National head coach Purita Joy Mariño told The Manila Times in an interview.

The five-man Philippine team will be headed by 2014 Summer Youth Olympics gold medalist Luis Gabriel Moreno along with Florante Matan, Rachelle Anne De La Cruz, Kareel Meer Hongitan and Amaya Amparo Cojuangco.

Moreno, Matan, De La Cruz and Hongitan will be competing in the recurve event while Cojuangco will test her mettle in the lone compound event.

“These athletes are consistently training here in Novaliches under our local trainers. They also get counterpart training which is provided by the POC [Philippine Olympic Committee],” added Mariño.

Moreno, grandson of late German Moreno, won a gold medal in the mixed international team archery event of the Youth Olympics with his Chinese teammate Li Jiaman. Moreno, currently No. 228 in world rankings, was also the Philippine flag carrier in that event.

More than 3,000 athletes from 202 nations competed in the youth Olympics.

The 31-year old De La Cruz and 33-year old Matan, both competed in the 2015 World Archery Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

World Archery Philippines (WAP) Secretary-General Rosendo Sombrio will accompany the team along with Mariño.

WAP is the national governing body for archery in the country. It’s used to be known as the Philippine Archers’ National Network and Alliance. It is accredited by the World Archery Federation, the world governing body for the sport of archery.

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