CLARK. — The husband-and-wife tandem of Paul Marton and Rachelle Anne Dela Cruz ended the medal drought of the Philippines in the archery competition of the Southeast Asian Games.
And they ended the drought in style – by winning the gold medal.
The couple edged the Vietnamese pair of Van Day Nguyen and Kieu Oanh Chau 148-147 in the mixed team compound category to give the country its first gold in the archery event on Monday at the Parade Grounds here.
Indonesia took the bronze medal by beating Malaysia 152-150.
The Filipino couple displayed nerves of steel to get past the Vietnamese in the finals after breezing past Malaysia 153-148 in the semifinals.
The Philippines last won a gold medal in the biennial meet during the 2013 edition of the games in Myanmar courtesy of the men’s compound team of Earl Benjamin Yap, Ian Patrick Chipeco and Delfin Anthony Adriano.
In the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, Pinoy archers bagged one silver and four bronzes.
The trio of Rachelle Ann Dela Cruz, Andrea Lucia Robles and Abbigail Tindugan lost to Kieu Oanh Chau, Phuong Le Thao and Vy Tuong Nguyen of Vietnam 215-217 in the battle for the bronze in the women’s team compound.
Thailand took the gold via a 221-217 win over Indonesia.
Vietnam collected three of the five gold medals in the recurve competition.
The 26-years old Loc Thi Dao trounced Pyae Sone Hnin 6-4 of Myanmar in the women’s individual recurve while leading the Vietnamese squad to golden finishes in the women’s team and mixed team divisions.