There has apparently been a significant improvement for the national archers since the acquisition of a Korean coach, who brought in new and better ideas, plus new and better equipment for the Filipinos.
Rachel Ann Cabral is one of the beneficiaries of the training and gear brought in by 1992 Barcelona Olympics silver medalist Chung Jae Hun.
Part of the team that embarrassingly bowed out in the early rounds of the Southeast Asian Games last year, Cabral said recently that Chung has helped straighten things out for the national team, especially with the more modern bows and arrows that he has brought from Korea.
The 27-year-old Cabral did not disappoint Chung as she qualified for the London Games with a fine performance in the World Championships last month in Utah. That was just a month since Chung’s arrival in the Philippines.
Cabral defeated Lya Solano of the Dominican Republic, 6-4, but lost to Leidys Brito of Venezuela, 6-2, in the next round. Cabral beat compatriot Edwina Delos Reyes, 7-1, in the battle for ninth place and earned a slot in London.
At the Lord's Cricket Grounds in London, however, Cabral was stopped in the round of 32 by Inna Stepanova of Russia, 1-7.
He is listed as a 6-foot-4 power forward but Cabrera doesn’t deliver major points in the paint or pile up rebounds. Instead, he scores from behind the arc. He had 14 triples in 2011, third best behind Alvarez and Nuyles, but averaged only 4.6 points while grabbing 1.3 rebounds. A buzzer-beating game-winner for Freego in the PBA D-League semifinals should be a confidence booster for him in his fourth UAAP season.