Filipino archer gets gold medal in Youth Olympics
Bringing pride to Philippines, a Filipino archer Gabriel Luis Moreno makes history on Sunday for winning a gold medal in the mixed international team event during the Youth Olympic Games at the Fangshan archery field.
Moreno partnered with China’s Li Jiaman to accept the gold medal, has beaten the pair of Cynthia Freywald and Muhamad Zarif Syahiir Zolkepeli, 6-0, in the final match.
The gold medal serves as the first for the Philippines in the Youth Olympic Games.
"Coming from a third world country like the Philippines, this medal means everything to me," Moreno said in an interview with the YOG website.
"I almost missed this medal today. I was in a taxi and the driver didn’t know the way," he revealed. "I had to go into the quarterfinals with almost no warm-up time."
"But thankfully, that did not harm my performance."
Li and Moreno, braved the weather condition, competing in the middle of windy and cloudy state, with an impressive performance as they hit only tens and nines in all three sets.
The record for first set was 38 to 37, the second 38-35, and the third set 37-to 33.
Li gave good words for Moreno, saying: "The partnership with the Filipino athlete was important, as without him I could do not do it. We complimented each other well."