Pinoy skeet shooter, archer bow out of Olympics

Posted at 07/31/2012 11:42 PM | Updated as of 08/02/2012 8:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines – (1st UPDATE) As Mark Anthony Barriga fought his way to victory, two other Filipino athletes crashed out of the medal contention in the ongoing London Olympics.

Rosario totaled 110 points, his bid ending as early as the second round when he shot a horrendous 19 after a promising opening of 22 and a perfect third round of 25 in the Royal Artillery barracks.

The required score was 120 points.

Rosario eventually finished 31st in a field of 36 in the men's skeet. American Vincent Hancock won the event for the second straight Olympics.

Also bowing out is Rachel Cabral who faced Russia’s Inna Stepanova in the women’s individual archery.

Stepanova got a higher ranking of 17th, while Cabral settled at 48th.

Cabral lost three of the four sets played (23-22, 23-18, 25-25 and 27-22), as she struggled throughout especially in the second round, which the lanky Russian, who placed 10th in the ranking round, won with relative ease.

The two Olympians joined lifter Hidilyn Diaz and swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna to the exit.

Rosario was thankful of the lessons learned from his defeat.

"It was a good experience. I learned a lot. Hopefully I will be a better shooter if given the chance to compete again," he said.

Still scheduled to compete are Filipino Olympians Mark Javier (archery), Danny Caluag (cycling), Rene Herrera (5,000-meter run), Marestela Torres (long jump), Tomohiko Hoshina (judo), Jasmine Alkhaldi (swimming) and Barriga (boxing).