The Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team had an unfortunate start in the 9th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Club Crews World Championships and settled for seventh in the Premier Open 2,000-meter race on Wednesday night at the Standiana Bacin Regatta Course in Ravenna , Italy .The Army paddlers collided with the Dutch Dragons Zoetermeer of the Netherlands in Heat 1 of the finals. They crossed the finish line at 10 minutes and 21.60 seconds but were penalized with additional five seconds for a final result of 10:26.60.
“We were given penalty after colliding with the Netherlands team. Our boat almost capsized but. Because of that, we wasted a lot of time and settled for the seventh place. It was a close fight,” Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team President Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc narrated on the official Facebook account of the team. Germany ’s Mannheim topped the event in 10:00.27 while another German squad, All Sports Team Hannover, took the silver in 10:08.88. Hungary’s Dragonmasters Urom bagged the bronze in 10:10.12 in the event, which saw 25 teams from Great Britain, Australia, Iran, Italy, United Arab Emirates, France, Poland, Hong Kong, Romania and Norway, among others. The Filipinos will be seeing action next in the 200-meter Premier Open event on
Friday scheduled at 10 a.m. (4 p.m. in Manila ).
“Babawi kami sa 200m Premier Open,” added Cabunoc.