PDBF COPS SILVER IN WORLD CUP OPENER

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The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) grabbed its first medal—a silver—in the prestigious 1st International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Cup being held in Fuzhou, China.

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The Filipino paddlers wound up second in the 200-meter mixed standard boat after submitting 49.565 seconds. Host China topped the event in 48.659 seconds while Canada placed third in 49.933 and Germany ended up fourth in 50.443.

Besides the 200m event, the Philippines will be competing in the 400m, 500m and 1,000m races both in standard and small boat categories.

“It was a thrilling race. All teams are strong and we need to push ourselves even harder to make it to the Top 3. We’re happy with our silver finish and we’re hoping to win more in our next events,” said team drummer Judith Hakim.

The members of the silver-medal team were Bert Tocao Hugo, Edcer Toto Penetrante, Louie Orias, Nelson de la Noche, Joseph Magno, Suhod Saraman Hakim, Fredie Naigan, Melvin Lumiguid, Rowel Dela Cerna, Manuel Maya, Edward Balbuena, Roneil Bueno Rafael, Leonita Banlat, Marilou Adalid, Monette Deriada, Julie Ann Biadnes and Aileen Padrones.

The Philippines now has 16 points for finishing second in the 200m mixed standard boat.

The tournament awards 19 points to the first placer, 16 points to the second, 14 to the third, 12 to the fourth, 11 to the fifth, 10 to the sixth, nine to the seventh and eight to the eighth.

The team with the most number of points after the three-day meet will be declared the overall champion and will get $12,000 cash prize.

The other invited countries in the world meet are Australia, Czech Republic, Ghana, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Macau, Puerto Rico, Russia and US.

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