The Philippine national archery trio of Earl Benjamin Yap, Delfin Adriano and rookie Ian Chipeco successfully defended the men’s compound team crown to end their 27th Southeast Asian Games campaign with a gold medal.
The trio showed nerves of steel in retaining the men’s team compound title at the expense of Malaysia.
The team needed to shoot a perfect 30 in the last round to defend the title as they were trailing by three heading in to the last three arrows.
Yap, Adriano and Chipeco responded to the challenge by firing perfect 10s that boosted them to a 221-218 victory over the Malaysians.
“This win is even more rewarding because of the [wind] conditions,” said Yap, the winner of the 2007 men’s individual compound event. “We didn’t expect them [Malaysia] to shoot a [final-frame] 24, but we knew we needed to step up.”
Last Monday, Yap edged over Delfin Anthony Adriano to clinch the bronze medal in the men’s compound individual event.
The four-member team of Philippine archery ended their SEA Games campaign with a gold and a bronze.