PH women’s team recurve wins first gold for PH in archery

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) – The Philippines clinched its first medal in archery with a gold in the women’s team recurve event of the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday at the Hanoi National Training Center in Vietnam.

The trio of Pia and Abby Bidaure and Phoebe Amistoso defeated the host nation, 26-25, in a thrilling finish.

The Filipina archers trailed 1-2 in the match, but they forced a shoot-off after a 57-49 win in the fourth set.

In the gut-wrenching shoot-off, Abby Bidaure shot the golden bullseye with a 10 in the final arrow during the last 10 seconds of the match which gave the Philippines the gold.

Inaantay ko na lang talagang dumilim ‘yung gitna (bullseye), kasi ang laki ng tiwala namin kay Abby na last shooter. Ang laki ng tiwala namin na maipapasok niya kahit 10 seconds na lang ‘yung naiiwan,” said Pia.

[Translation: We’re just waiting for her to score the bullseye because we have a big trust on Abby as our last shooter. We’re fully confident that she will nail it with 10 seconds remaining in the game.]

The Bidaure sisters and Amistoso achieved an incredible feat as they are the first Filipino recurve archers to win a gold in the SEA Games since 2005. The team of Christian Cubilla, Flor Matan, and Mark Javier ruled the men’s team recurve event in that year.

Basta ang sinasabi lang po namin, amin na to, kaya na namin, kasi ‘yun lang din po ‘yung ginagawa namin sa practice. Pagkatapos naming mag-shoot, nag-uusap kaming tatlo, ang sinasabi lang po namin, magme-medal po kami ngayong SEA Games,” Pia added.

[Translation: We told ourselves that we will win this match and we can overcome the odds because that’s what we’re doing in our practice. After we made our shots, we talked to each other and told ourselves that we will win a medal in this SEA Games.]

Meanwhile, the men’s team recurve of Jason Feliciano, Girven Cullen Garcia, and Jonathan Reaport lost to Malaysia in the battle for bronze medal.

The Philippine archery team can win its second gold on Thursday as it tangles with Malaysia in the compound bow mixed team event finals.