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    Cabral, Rosario end Olympic campaign on sad note 

    Jul 31, 2012
    Rachel Anne Cabral (right) finds the going too tough in the knockout stage of the London Games' archery competition.

    Rachel Anne Cabral failed to duplicate the earlier feat of boxer Mark Anthony Barriga as she lost to Inna Stepanova of Russia in their round-of-32 match, 7-1, and bow out of the archery competition of the 30th London Olympiad late Tuesday night.

    Cabral found herself trailing the tall, 22-year-old Russian early in the contest, 4-0, and never got into contention the rest of the way during the knockout stage of the competition at the centuries-old Lord Crickets’ grounds east of this city.

    The sorry loss of the Filipina archer came hours after Barriga pounded a convincing 17-7 win over Manuel Capai of Italy and advance in the round-of-32 of boxing’s 49 kg division.

    Cabral came into the match the obvious underdog as she finished 48th in a field of 64 after hitting a total of 627 at the end of the ranking round.

    In contrast, the 5-foot-9 Stepanova, a physical education student, totaled 653 points to rank 17th entering the knockout stage.  

    She now became the fourth Filipino bet to bow out of contention after swimmer Jessie Lacuna, lady weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, and skeet shooter Paul Brian Rosario.

    Rosario earlier finished his campaign 30th in a field of 36 at the end of the qualifying stage of the men’s skeet.

    The 30-year-old father of a nine-month-old daughter had rounds of 22 and 22 on day 2 of the qualifier to finish with a total of 110.

    The first time Olympian fired 22-19-25 in the first round of the qualifier for 32nd place.

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    Rachel Anne Cabral (right) finds the going too tough in the knockout stage of the London Games' archery competition.
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