Atenean archer Andrea Robles
Andrea Robles stuns top-seeded women archers to take the gold at the 2019 Indoor Archery World Series. Credits to World Archery.

Andrea Robles’ Gold Medal Victory at the 2019 Indoor Archery World Series held in China is another fantastic Philippine Sports achievement that is making the country proud.

The 21-year-old Robles, a management graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University, displayed impressive win after win to clinch her gold in the Women’s Compound Competition held from November 9-10, 2019, at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau.

The 4th-rank Filipino athlete outclassed world championship runner-up American Paige Pearce-Gore, 141-135, in the final round to capture the gold medal.

During the tournament, Andrea displayed her mettle in a gut-wrenching semifinal face-off with top seed Belgian opponent Sarah Prieels to score a narrow 146-145 win.

“That was a super tight match. I was leading throughout by two points, and in the fourth end, we got tied. So, in the last end was the very crucial part and I was very nervous, then I got the lead [by one point] to win,” recalled Robles to Manila Times.

The Philippine archer qualified fourth with 579 points and defeated Xu Lumeng and Natalie Duncan in the quarterfinal round before facing Prieels in the semis.

“I’m feeling really good. I’m feeling really happy that I [won], especially because it’s my first time at these events,” she said. “I’m just having fun with it, training my best and enjoying,” said Robles in a World Archery report after her stunning upsets delivered to Pearce and Prieels.

Andrea Robles now takes an early lead in the elite ranking for the 2020 Indoor Archery World Series.

Andrea Robles joined the Macau competition as a tune-up preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) scheduled on November 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Robles told media she just did her best and tried to focus on her game. “I was super excited to join this competition for the first time. I’m expecting just to have fun. I just did my very best and I’m thankful to be in the finals, then I won the gold,” Robles said.

“I actually joined this for a tune-up in the SEA Games. It toughens me mentally and [it made me] become fit in this kind of situation. It was good that I experienced this,” added the Atenean archer.

According to World Archery Philippines president Clint Aranas, the win by Robles isn’t surprising.

“Andrea (Robles) has been a rising star since she joined us four years ago. Magaling ‘yan (She is very good),” said Aranas, who predicted that the country’s compound men’s and women’s teams will likely dominate the SEA Games.

Philippine athletes are picking up victories as they prepare to represent the country in the 2019 SEA Games scheduled from November 30 to December 11, 2019. The medal winners include the 2020 Olympics Qualifiers pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena and gymnast Carlos “Caloy” Yulo, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, female boxer Nesthy Petecio, and male boxer Eumir Marcial.

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