Andrea Robles made her presence felt in the 2019 Indoor Archery World Series on Sunday by winning the gold medal in the women’s compound competition at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau, China.
Robles, 21, a management graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University, outshone American Paige Pearce-Gore, 141-135, in the championship round to capture the gold medal.
Before making it to the finals, she displayed nerves of steel against her Belgian opponent Sarah Prieels to score a narrow 146-145 win.
“That was a super tight match. I was leading throughout by two points, and in the fourth end we got tied. So, in the last end was the very crucial part and I was very nervous, then I got the lead [by one point] to win,” Robles told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
She also beat Australian Natalie Duncan, 142-139, in the quarterfinal round.
Robles, considered as one of the elite national archers, admitted that she was surprised by her win.
“I was super excited to join this competition for the first time. I’m expecting just to have fun. I just did my very best and I’m thankful to be in the finals, then I won the gold.” Robles will lead the country’s women’s compound team in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in Manila this month.
“I actually joined this for tune -up in the SEA Games. It toughens me mentally and [it made me] become fit in this kind of situation. It was good that I experienced this.”
World Archery Philippines president Clint Aranas said she was not surprised by Robles’ win.
“Andrea (Robles) has been a rising star since she joined us four years ago. Magaling ‘yan (She is very good),” said Aranas, who predicted that the country’s compound men’s and women’s teams will likely dominate the SEA Games.