ILOILO City: Boracay Sea Dragons beat rival Boracay All Stars to rule the men’s division of the 2014 DoubleDragon Boat Race on Saturday at the Iloilo River Wharf here.
The Boracay Sea Dragons finished with a time of 43.45 seconds to dethrone reigning champions Boracay All Stars, which posted 43.97 in the premier men’s 200-meter competition. The Bohol Paddlers finished third with 44.96.
The Boracay All Stars, however, bounced back by dominating the mixed division with a time record of 44.57 seconds. The Philippine Marines finished second with 45.59 and Bohol Paddlers third with 46.54.
The top winners in the men’s women’s and mixed categories received a cash prize of P50,000 each.
In the women’s class, the Philippine Marines led by SSgt. Marvin de Sta. Cruz and Nikolyn Fe Marn Miguel won with a time record of 58.20 seconds. The Manila Wave Paddlers finished second with 1:03.17, followed by the Philippine Titans with 1:06.17 and Bohol Paddlers1:10.00.
“We really came more prepared. But it was a tough win for us,” said Sta. Cruz.
A total of 15 teams from all over the country participated in the event. Injap Sia, chairman and chief executive officer of DoubleDragon Properties said that there is a plan to transform the race into an international competition next year.