PDBF rowers bag silver medal on 1st day of Asian meet

Nonito Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

Nonito Donaire Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) claimed its first medal in the 11th Asian Dragon Boat Championships by finishing second in the standard boat mixed 200-meter event on Friday at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre in Macau, China.

The Filipino paddlers checked in at 46.682 seconds while China grabbed the top spot in 46.248 seconds. Bronze winner Taiwan completed the podium finishers with a time of 46.864 seconds.

Rounding up the top six are Thailand (47.182), Indonesia (47.472) and host Macau (49.665).

“There are lots of good paddlers here including the Chinese, Indonesians, Australians and Thais. But we’ll be going all out [in the next events that we’re entered]. We’re motivated and we’re looking for good results in the coming days,” said PDBF official Judith Hakim.

The members of the silver-medal team were Suhod Hakim, Joseph Magno, Racquiel Espinosa, Nelson dela Niche, Ronniel Rafael, Freddie Naigan, Roel dela Cerna, Edward Balbuena, Manuel Maya, Remigio Abrogar, Charmaine Ong, Jessie Ann Baccay, Riza Canonoy, Jean Naing and Jenevie Manalo.

The other participating countries in this edition are Guam, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Philippines guns for more medals in the women’s 200m small boat, women’s 500m small boat, 200m small boat open, 500m small boat open, 200m standard boat open, women’s 200m standard boat, 500m mixed standard boat, 500m standard boat open and women’s 500m standard boat.

Recently, the PDBF bagged one gold and one silver in the 2014 Marina Regatta international dragon boat race in Singapore.


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