PH archers exit World Cup Stage 3

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Mary Queen Ybañez and Paul Marton Dela Cruz crashed out of the 2017 World Cup Stage 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah after absorbing losses from their respective foes.

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The No. 227 Ybanez lost to No.14 Li Wang of China, 0-6, (0-2, 0-4) in Round 3 of the women’s individual recurve event.

Ybañez earlier scored a pair of upset wins against two Italian archers world No. 22 Guendalina Santori and No. 35 Vanessa Landi.

Paul Morton dela Cruz No.88 was bested by No. 2 Mike Schoesser of Netherlands, 141-146, during the fourth round of the compound event.

Dela Cruz defeated Asian Games gold medallist Sandeep Kumar of India, 145-143, in the third round.

“What I see today is that the performance of our archers are getting better. Reaching this level of competition is already a feat because not all Southeast Asian countries are able to get up to this point,” World Archery Philippines secretary-general Rosendo Sombrio told The Manila Times on Saturday.

According to Sombrio, the Philippines had a better performance in the meet compared to its Southeast Asian rivals Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Rosendo is hoping that the team’s prowess will improve more after attending the June 25 to July 2 international training to be held at the Easton Archery Olympic Center in Chula Vista, California.

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