Recurve archers Luis Gabriel Moreno and Bianca Gotuaco became the first Filipino to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China after they dominated their respective events at the first Continental Quota Tournament for 2014 YOG in Taipei early this week.
Fifteen year-old Moreno, a Palarong Pambansa and Batang Pinoy standout, beat Prennoy Muroy of Bangladesh in the semifinal round, 6-2, to book his second YOG appearance. He then beat Indonesia’s Panjiaji Bukhori Rahmat, 6-0, to win the gold medal.
Gotuaco, another Filipino youth standout in various local national tournaments, clinched her 2014 YOG berth after beating semifinal foe Oyuntungalag Chimedtseren of Mongolia, 6-2. Unfortunately, she only settled for the silver after she bowed to Kazakhstan’s Aruzhan Abrazak via a one-arrow shoot off for the gold.
The first Continental Quota Tournament is a Youth Olympic Games qualifying event where the semifinalists and the winners are given automatic slots to the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games next year. It was held in between sessions of the 14th Asian Archery Championships’ team competitions.
The format was double 60-meter distance of 36 arrows per set with the finalists automatically earning slots in YOG. The Philippines was the only country to qualify more than one archer.