Mark Javier and Rachelle Ann Cabral qualified for the London Olympics after their stellar performances in the World Cup of Archery in Ogden, Utah.
Philippine Archers National Network and Alliance secretary general Terry Lim confirmed this to Spin.ph after speaking with its president Dr. Leonora Brawner, who is in Utah to witness the event. The World Cup, the final qualifying event for recurve archers eyeing berths in London, ends on Sunday.
Javier and Cabral’s entry to the Olympics increased to 11 the number of Philippine athletes seeing action in the London Games.
It will be the second consecutive Olympics for Javier, who participated in the Beijing Games where he made it to the round of 64. Cabral will compete in the Olympics for the very first time.
Javier finished fifth in the men’s division of the individual recurve event while Cabral took ninth position in the same event in Utah.
Several competitors with higher placing than Javier and Cabral have already secured Olympic berths even before the World Championships so it allowed the Filipino archers to claim the slots to London.
Javier, seeded sixth in the eliminations, gained an automatic slot in the round of 16 where he defeated Jan Rijavec of Slovenia, 7-3. He avenged the defeat of compatriot Paul Marton Dela Cruz to Bjarne Marius Laursen by defeating the Danish, 6-2, in the round of eight.
Javier bowed to Elias Malave of Venezuela, 6-5, in the quarterfinals but had the best score among those who were eliminated in that phase to take fifth spot.
Cabral won over Lya Solano of the Dominican Republic, 6-4, but lost to Leidys Brito of Venezuela, 6-2, in the round of eight. Cabral beat compatriot Edwina Delos Reyes, 7-1, in the battle for ninth place.
Other Filipinos seeing action in London are boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, shooter Brian Rosario, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag, long jumper Marestella Torres, steeplechaser Rene Herrera and swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Khing Lacuna.