The Philippines has finally earned its first Olympic gold medal.
It was an exciting Sunday afternoon for Philippine sports as Gabriel Luis Moreno gave his best performance in archery to win the gold medal in the Mixed International Team Event at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
The 16-year-old archer is the grandchild of actor and television host German “Kuya Germs” Moreno.
Gab Moreno served as the flag-bearer during the opening of the Youth Olympics, where athletes aged 14 to 18 years compete.
The Filipino archer was working in tandem with Chinese archer Li Jiaman against the tandem of Muhammad Zoklepeli of Malaysia and Cynthia Freywald.
Moreno and Li swept the three sets in the gold medal round (38-37, 38-35, 37-33) with the Moreno making the winning hit to claim the Philippine's first Olympic gold.
TV5 aired the live coverage of the historic event before the broadcast of the PBA Rookie Draft.
TV5, the official Philippine Olympic network, has been giving the comprehensive coverage of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games that started last August 16. The Kapatid network also brought the coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games that featured figure skater Michael Martinez capturing the hearts of Filipinos.
The last time the Philippines placed a medal in the Olympics was in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco then won a silver medal in the light-flyweight category.