India, Philippines secure Asia Cup golds in Bangkok

19 March 2015
Bangkok (THA)
At 2014’s first Asia Cup stage in Bangkok, mixed team took centre stage as nations’ pairs picked up the first medals of the tournament.

Egypt’s compounders proved there’s more to their country internationally than recurver Ibrahim Sabry. Close to their first major podium in the discipline, they were beaten by India in the semifinals and Malaysia to bronze.

India and the Philippines contested gold.

Tied at 115-all with four arrows to go, the Philippines’ Amaya Conjuango and Jose Adriano drilled four 10s to claim the top spot on the podium.

Both recurve mixed team medal matches went to one-arrow tiebreakers.

Sanjay Boro and Madhu Vedwan secured India the recurve gold medal, one better than their compound compatriots, with a perfect-20 in their shoot-off. Indonesia – with Wroclaw 2014 winner Ika Rochmawati – had 19 and silver.

The bronze medal shoot-off between Russia and a surprise Philippines pair went Russia’s way.

Since Gabriel Moreno’s mixed team title at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the number of Philippines archers climbing podiums has picked sharply up – and the nation’s recurve pair was one spot off another medal in Bangkok.

Competition continues in Bangkok with individual eliminations and finals on 20 March before the team phases on 21 March.