Ilocano archer wins 5 golds in Palarong Pambansa 2014

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

STA. CRUZ, Laguna -- Mary Queen Ybañez, an archer of the Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA), emerged as the first athlete with most gold medals won in the ongoing 2014 Palarong Pambansa.

The 16-year-old Ybañez bagged Wednesday three more gold medals, making it to five golds to her credit.

Ybañez now needs three more medals to sweep the secondary girls division of the archery competition at the Laguna Sports Complex archery and rifle range.

“Five down, three to go,” Ybanez said in an interview after winning the 60-meter distance event with her 313 points.

Ybañez, a native of San Fernando, La Union, also dominated the 50-meter distance with 325 points.

Last Tuesday, Ybañez won her first two gold medals in the 30-meter with 342 points and 40-meter with 321 points.

After tallying the points she earned from the four events, Ybañez received with the highest score of 1,296 points to also win the single-fita event for her fifth gold medal.

Ybañez will compete in the individual Olympic round, team Olympic round, and team Olympic round mixed on Thursday.

Ybañez eclipsed the performance of Bryan Pacheco of Central Luzon who brought home two gold medals, both in record-breaking fashion, shot put and javelin, and one silver in discus throw events in athletics.

Former national archery coach Henry Manalang said Ybañez has the potential to equal if not exceed the performance of Olympians Jennifer Chan and Jasmin Figueroa.

“She has potential and confident on what she is doing and that’s the good trait of athlete to be confident,” Manalang said.

Manalang said Ybañez should keep on competing to sustain her talent and be another Chan or Figueroa in the future.

“She should be trained well. She is the future of the national team,” Manalang said. (PNA)

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