The Philippines bagged one gold and one silver on the final day of the 11th Asian Dragon Boat Championships held at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre in Macau, China.
The team represented by the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF), ruled the men’s 500-meter small boat in two minutes and 4.486 seconds, beating silver medalist China (2:05.094) and bronze winner Thailand (2:05.706).
Indonesia placed fourth (2:07.940) followed by Taiwan (2:08.186) and Singapore (2:13.332).
The Filipino paddlers added one silver in the mixed 500-meter standard boat category. They registered 1:59.072, behind Taiwan’s winning time of 1:58.736. China settled for bronze in 1:59.318 while Thailand ended up fourth (1:59.836), Indonesia wound up fifth (2:00.516) and Australia finished at sixth (2:05.838).
Overall, the Philippines got one gold and two silvers. The first silver was delivered on day one in the mixed 200-meter standard boat event.
Veteran paddlers 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 were the members of the team.
“It was a truly hard battle. The teams are strong but we’re happy that we were able to get a gold. It was also a super close race for both the men and women crews [in the 200m categories]. We ended fourth for both crews,” said PDBF official Judith Hakim.