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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Archers aim for 3 golds in meet

By clyde mariano, Manila Bulletin

Archery, a consistent medal producer in the Southeast Asian Games with a total of 62 medals, 19 golds since 1977, is banking on its veteran campaigners led by Greece Olympian Jasmin Figueroa in the 23rd edition of the 11-nation biennial meet which opens tomorrow.

Figueroa and her fellow archers that include veterans Jennifer Chan and Joan Tabanyag, will match prowess against their ASEAN counterparts determined to better the one gold and two bronzes achievement in Vietnam two years ago.

Figueroa, Tabanyag, Chan and Rochelle Cabral won the gold in women’s team event in Hanoi.

Sixteen gold medals (eight men and eight women) will be at stake in archery beginning Tuesday at Subic Bay Freeport football field inside the former US naval base.

Only in her second SEA Games stint, Figueroa, who rose to international prominence when she beat Olympic champion Natalia Valeeva in Athens last year, competes in individual and team recurve.

A gold medalist in the 1995 Chiang Mai edition, Tabanyag, from Dumaguete City, and Chan see action in individual and team compound.

Chan, the oldest in the 16 field archers at 41, is a surivor of the 1991 SEA Games where she won a silver and a bronze.

"Our target is two to three gold medals. I am confident we will do it," said long serving secretary general Ligaya Manalang yesterday assessing the chances of the Filipinos.

"Our archers will do everything to win precious medal. They will be more inspired and determined because they will be competing before the eyes of their countrymen," Manalang told Tempo.

But archery association president Lenora Fe Barwner predicted eight golds during the Senate hearing "Sana magkatutoo ang sinabi niya," said Manalang.

Archery won 19 golds, 24 silvers and 23 bronzes for a total of 62 medals since 1977 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Archery finest moment in the SEA Games was in 1977 in Malaysia where it won six golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

In 1991 Manila edition, archery was shutout for the gold and settled for two silvers in men’s and women’s team events and two bronzes by Michael Facundo and Jennifer Chan.

Other members of the team are Marvin Cordero, Christian Cubilla, Mark Javier, Florante Matan, Carlos Carag, Gil Gabriel, Adam Jimenez III, Earl Benjamin Yap, Rochelle Anne Cabral, Edwina de los Reyes, Katherine Annalyn Santos, Amaya Paz and Joan Tabanyag.

Aside from archery, other events to be played at Subic Bay Freeport are triathlon, sailing and canoe/kayak.

Eight countries, including the Philippines are taking part in archery. They are Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Brunei, Laos and newest member East Timor have no entries


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