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Philippines’ Gab Moreno wins archery gold in Youth Olympic Games

A young Pinoy archer Gabriel Moreno clinched a gold medal in the mixed team archery event in the Nanjing Youth Olympic games. It was a surprise winning to a Southeast Asian country that had been medal-less in the Olympic competitions for about two decades now.

Pinoy archer Moreno wins
Yahoo PH Sports – NANJING – The Philippines’ Gabriel Moreno and China’s Li Jiaman receive their gold medals for winning the archery mixed team event in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China on August 24, 2014.

Young Luis Gabriel Moreno teamed up with Chinese Li Jiaman to bag the gold medal in the international mixed team event in archery in the ongoing Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The first Olympic medal of the Philippines according to media source.

Moreno, a third-year high school student of De La Salle-Greenhills, was actually eliminated already in the individual boys’ recurve event.

Li and Moreno started their drive for the gold at 9:46 a.m. with a 5-3 win over Ms. Verona Villegas of Venezuela and Mr. Boris Balaz of Slovakia in the round-of-16. The romp continued with a 5-1 triumph over Ms. Sughrakhanim Mugabilzada of Azerbaijan and Mr. Hiroki Muto of Japan in the quarterfinals.

A similar winning 5-1 scoreline came at the expense of Ms. Mirjam Tuokkola of Finland and Mr. Eric Peters of Canada in the semifinal round. In the other semifinal, Syamad and Frewald beat a pair from Guatemala and Belgium.

The Nanjing YOG will run until Thursday, August 28.

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