SEA Games: Pinay archers deliver recurve gold

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Posted at May 18 2022 12:48 PM | Updated as of May 18 2022 04:02 PM

Pia Bidaure, Abby Bidaure, and Phoebe Amistoso won gold in women's recurve in the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Nonilon Reyes, PSC/POC pool.
Pia Bidaure, Abby Bidaure, and Phoebe Amistoso won gold in women's recurve in the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Nonilon Reyes, PSC/POC pool.

(UPDATED) Filipina archers secured another gold medal for the country on Wednesday, beating Vietnam in the women's team recurve event at the Hanoi National Sport Training Center.

The team of Pia Bidaure, Abby Bidaure, and Phoebe Amistoso nipped hosts Vietnam, 26-25, in a shoot-off for the Philippines' first gold medal of the day.

Abby Bidaure, 20, emerged as the heroine for Team Philippines, hitting the bullseye in the final arrow of the shoot-off for a 10 with just 10 seconds left on the clock.

The Filipinas had to battle back with a 57-49 win in the fourth frame after trailing 1-2 in the first three, forcing a shoot-off that came down to Abby's winning shot.

"Basta ang sinasabi lang po namin, amin na 'to, kaya na namin, kasi 'yun lang din po 'yung ginagawa namin sa practice. Pagkatapos naming mag-shoot, nag-uusap kaming tatlo, ang sinasabi lang po namin, magme-medal po kami ngayong SEA Games," said the 23-year-old Pia.

Pia, who won her first SEA Games gold in her third try, expected Abby to hit the bullseye and make the difference in the tightly-fought contest.

"Inaantay ko na lang talagang dumilim 'yung gitna (bullseye), kasi ang laki ng tiwala namin kay Abby na last shooter. Ang laki ng tiwala namin na maipapasok niya kahit 10 seconds na lang 'yung naiiwan," she said.

"Of course, very happy, kasi ito 'yung first gold namin, team pa," said Amistoso. "May trust na kasi ako sa aming tatlo, nu'ng praktis pa, maganda na 'yung aming shooting. Sobrang confident ko nu'ng papunta kami dito."

It was the first gold medal in archery for the Philippines in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi.

Myanmar won bronze in women's recurve with a 5-4 triumph against Malaysia.

The archery squad gets a chance to shoot for its second gold Thursday when it battles Malaysia in the finals of the compound bow mixed team event.

Shooting a perfect last end, the team of Paul dela Cruz and Jennifer Jing Chan came from behind to edge Thailand, 155-154, in the semis last Tuesday, while the Malaysians beat Vietnam, 154-152.