Hopes for PH Archery Games remain on track in Paris
Jason Feliciano and Riley Silos beat their respective opponents at the start of the Olympic round while their siblings Pia and Gabrielle Bidaure also advanced to the next phase thanks to a tenacious performance in the classification rounds of the World Final Olympic Qualifier. Archery in Paris, France.
The four-man Philippine archery team’s Olympic bid simultaneously received a boost after World Archery, the world’s sports governing body, suspended 12 more individual quota spots for the upcoming Olympics from Tokyo.
Feliciano, the pride of Dagupan City who seeded 35th after the men’s 72-arrow recurve classification round, outlasted Sweden’s David Fredriksson in a 6-5 shot that set the Filipino in a game. with 30th seed Sajeev of Silva Lanka in the second round.
Ranked 61st after the preliminaries, Silos also advanced to the next round with a 7-3 victory over Chui Chun Man of Hong Kong, propelling him to a greater challenge against 13th seed Heorhiy Ivanytsky of Ukraine.
“It’s amazing when everything you’ve trained for comes together during a competition. Every competitive archer dreams of competing in the Olympics and I’m now working towards that,” said California-based Silos, who reached its highest ranking of No. 15 in the world.
Of the 12 additional tickets to Tokyo available during qualifying in Paris, seven will be awarded in the men’s individual recurve and five in the women’s. Meanwhile, Vice President Mikee Romero praised the inclusion of shooter Jayson Valdez at the Tokyo Olympics next month.
Romero advised Valdez, 25, to stay focused and determined on his goals.
“I know this young man, he’s brave,” Romero said.
Valdez became the 12th Filipino athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Games, thanks to the quota system put in place by the Munich-based International Shooting Federation.
The last Filipino shooter to compete in the Olympics was Brian Rosario at the London Games in 2012. INQ
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