ANGELES CITY — A mix of young and veteran campaigners will try to end the four-year gold medal drought of the Philippines both in the recurve and compound events when the archery competition of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opens Thursday at the Clark Parade Grounds here.
The 16-man national team will be bannered by 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Paul Marton de la Cruz together with 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medal winner Gabriel Moreno and Olympian Jennifer Chan.
The medal match and awarding ceremonies will be held on 8 and 9 December.
De la Cruz will lead the men’s compound team together with Johan Olano, Roberto Badiola and Arnold Rojas while the four-man recurve squad is composed of Moreno, Florante Matan, Jayson Feliciano and Carson Hastie.
The 54-year old Chan, a three-time SEA Games gold medal winner, will lead the women’s compound team along with Andrea Robles, Rachelle Ann de la Cruz, and Abbigail Tinugduan while women’s recurve team will have Kareel Hongitan, Pia Bidaure, Phoebe Amostoso and Gabrielle Monica Bidaure.
The Filipino archers last won a gold medal in the 2th edition of the SEA Games in Naypyitaw in 2013 courtesy of the men’s compound team of Earl Benjamin Yap, Ian Patrick Chipeco and Delfin Anthony Adriano.
In the last edition of the biennial meet in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, the Filipino archers settled for a silver and four bronze medals.
Nicole Marie Tagle took the silver in the women’s individual recurve, while the four bronze medals were delivered by Paul Marton Dela Cruz (men’s individual compound), Earl Benjamin Yap, Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Joseph Vicencio (men’s team compound), Moreno, Matan and Mark Javier (men’s team recurve), and Nicole Marie Tagle, Kareel Meer Hongitan and Mary Queen Ybañez (women’s team recurve).