The Philippine Army dragon boat team won one bronze medal in the 2013 Macau International Dragon Boat Races at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre in Macau, China.
The Army paddlers clocked one minute and 54.635 seconds to place third in the Open standard dragon boat 50-meter event. The Indonesia national team took the gold medal with a time of 1:53.399 while China national team settled for silver with 1:53.567.
The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Elite Team wound up fourth with 1:57.173 followed by China Dianli Club (1:57.791) and Macau national team (2:00.251).
“I wouldn’t offer any alibis. We were beaten by the national squads of Dragon Boat powerhouses in Asia. It was indeed an honor to compete with the best teams which gave us the rare opportunity to assess our own strengths and weaknesses,” said team manager Harold Cabunoc.
The Army paddlers pocketed a $1,500 (some P60,0000) consolation purse.
“As a Club Team, the Army has proven that it can be in the same league as the best Dragon Boat teams in Asia,” added Cabunoc.
Some members of the Army team were included in the national team that won five gold and two silver medals in the prestigious International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships held two years ago in Tampa Bay, Florida.
EMIL C. NOGUERA