Silos, Bidaure rule archery virtual tilt

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    OLYMPIC archery hopefuls Riley Silos and Gabrielle Monica Bidaure ruled the men’s and women’s recurve divisions of the World Archery Philippine Evaluation Virtual tournament and 31st Southeast Asian Games qualifier over the weekend.

    The Los Angeles-based Silos topped the two-day men’s recurve contest with a score of 1,310 points while Jason Emmanuel Feliciano, shooting from Dumaguete, (1,300) and Florante Matan, who shot at the Manila Polo Club in Makati,  (1,287) finished second and third, respectively.

    In a battle of siblings both based in Dumaguete, Bidaure narrowly beat elder sister Pia Elizabeth Angela 1272-1271 while Phoebe Nicole Amistoso, also based in Dumaguete, settled for third place (1,245), according to WAP secretary general Rosendo Sombrio.

    Shooting at the FR Archery Club in Novaliches, Quzon City, Paul Marton dela Cruz, who bagged a gold medal in the mixed compound event with wife Rachel Anne in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019, top the men’s compound contest  with 1,398 points, followed by Andrei John Olano (1,381) and Davao-based Arnold Brojas (1,380).

    Dumaguete-based veteran Jennifer Chan was tops in the women’s compound class with 1,361 points; Andrea Robles of Novaliches was second (1,355) and Rachel Anne dela Cruz took third place (1,336).

    “We would like to congratulate our archers who took part in this virtual tournament despite the present COVID-19 pandemic, and hopefully they will continue training so they will remain in competitive shape,” stressed WAP president Atty. Clint Aranas.