INCHEON, South Korea—Ian Patrick Chipeco, Earl Benjamin Yap and Paul Marton de la Cruz lost an exciting shootout with host South Korea to miss out on a possible men’s team gold medal of compound in archery at the 17th Asian Games on Thursday at the Gyeyang Archery Field.
The Filipinos battled the South Korean trio of Choi Yong Hee, Min Li Hong and Yang Youngho arrow for arrow for a 227-228 setback. The Koreans survived a perfect run by the Filipinos in the final frame and earned a shot at the gold medal against India, which beat Iran in the other semifinals, 221-227.
The Filipinos will dispute the bronze medal with the Iranians on Saturday.
On the way to the semifinals, the Filipino trio booted out Laos, 225-214; and Chinese Taipei, 229-226.
The women’s team of Amaya Cojuangco, Joann Tabañag and Abbigail Tindugan, however, were booted out right in the semifinals by Chinese Taipei, 226-215.
It was a difficult campaign for the Filipino archers, who had no countrymen to cheer for them from the stands. Instead, the women cheered, while the men took their turn campaigning when it was the Filipinas’ turn to shoot.