Archer Paul Marton dela Cruz successfully led Team Philippines’ archery campaign at the 17th Asian Games, as he marched to the semifinal round of the Men’s Compound Individual event today at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field in Incheon, Korea.
Paul outclassed India’s Sandeep Kumar in the quarterfinal round as he defeated him, 141-135, to clinch one of the semifinals spots.
En route to the quarterfinal round, Paul defeated Qatar’s Ahmed Abdulla M Alabadi, 141-138, in the first round; and then beat fellow Pinoy Earl Benjamine Yap in the second round, 141-135 to enter the quarterfinal round.
Paul will face Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran in the semifinals, scheduled on Saturday at 14:02 manila time.
The trio of Earl Benjamine Yap, Ian Patrick Chipeco and Paul Marton dela Cruz absorbed a heart breaking loss in the Men’s Compound Team semifinal round against South Korea.
The South Korean’s edged the Filipino trio by only 1 point (228-227) to march into the finals.
Benjamine, Patrick and Paul will face Iran for the bronze medal match also slated on Saturday.
In the women’s side, both Abbigail Tindugan and Amaya Amparo Cojuangco won their first round games in the Women’s Compound Individual event; but eventually lost their second round game via only 2 points difference.
Abbigail Myanmar’s Sein Yah Yaw in the first round, 139-134; and then lost to Indonesia’s Dellie Threesyadinda in round 2, 136-138
Amaya outclassed Daophasouk Detsone of Laos in the first round, 137-128; and then bowed to Chinese Taipei’s Jou Huang in the second round, 140-142
Both Abbigail and Amaya then partnered for the Women’s Compound Team event, but failed to hurdle past the quarterfinal round as they were beaten by Chinese Taipei 226-215