BAGUIO CITY: Kodanda Team’s Sancho Pacquing defeated Jared Cole Sua of Baguio Archery Club (BAC), 6-2, to grab the gold medal in the boys’ cub recurve event of the 3rd Philippine Archery Cup Luzon leg on Saturday at the Athletic Bowl in Kisad Road here.
“I feel great. I did not expect to win but I did,” the 15-year-old Pacquing told The Manila Times in an interview after the game.
Pacquing had to deal with the strong wind to keep his form as he shot his last arrow.
“Our game plan was – since there is a lot of [strong]wind – my coach gives me the signals when to shoot and when not to shoot and mostly just to compensate with the win,” added Pacquing, who was also the gold medalist during the Dumaguete leg of the tourney in September.
Sua finished second while Ethan Miguel Zafra of La Union Archery Association (LUAA) finished third.
Pacquing will now prepare for the National finals slated in January next year.
In the girl’s cub recurve category, Gabrielle Monica Bidaure of Memorial Dumaguete thumped Francine Aaliyah City of Koronadal Archery Team (CKAT), 6-4, in the gold medal match while Chali Grace Retuerne of LUAA received the bronze medal.
In the girls’ bowman recurve competition, Precious Micah Basadre of CKAT scored 6-2 to beat Danielle Jasmin Espiritu of BAC. Kodanda’s Sofia Manuel, meanwhile, finished third.
LUAA’s John Emilio Raquipo, on the other hand, bagged the gold in boys’ bowman recurve, while Dencel Torres and Erlzeth Den Nanez of Kodanda Team finished second and third, respectively.
Pampanga State Agricultural University’s (PSAU) Junjun Calagwas topped the boys’ barebow recurve event after sweeping CKAT’s John Thomas Franco, 6-0, in their finals duel. Polomok Archery Team’s Earl Shane Cielo finished third.
Another PSAU bet Romalyn Bulandi copped the gold in the girls’ barebow recurve. Pandora’s Box Baguio Archery archers Marinel Bush and Chairein Cordoviz finished second and third, respectively.
“We are happy that we see new faces excel in this sport. We are hoping that they will continue to play and maybe represent the country in future international competitions,” said World Archery Philippines (WAP) Secretary General Rosendo Sombrio.
Sombrio added that they were overwhelmed with the number of participants for the Luzon leg, making it the biggest archery tournament in WAP history.
The cadet, juniors, seniors, masters and paralytic events are still playing Round 1 as of press time.
WAP is the national sports association for archery and the organizer of the event in partnership with Highlands Archery Incorporated and the local government of Baguio City.