Two more gold medals were added in the bag for the Filipino paddlers competing in the prestigious 2016 IDBF World Club Crew Dragon Boat Championships being held at the Ramsay Regatta Course in Adelaide, Australia.
The Philippine Army Dragon Warriors continued their dominating performance as they ruled the 500-meter small boat premier mixed event in two minutes and 11.898 seconds in the tournament sanctioned by the International Dragon Boat Federation.
They beat silver medalist Dragon Warriors of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (2:12:386) and bronze winner Singapore Paddle Club (2:12.482).
“It was not an easy victory because our female paddlers lacked the exposure and confidence enjoyed by their opponents who had participated in the past world championships. It was a fierce battle of wills and our Army spirit made the difference,” said Philippine Army Dragon Warriors President Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc.
Canada’s False Creek Racing Canoe Club wound up fourth in 2:13.482 followed by Australia’s Water Warriors (2:16.050), Singapore Red Dot Paddle Club (2:17.374) and the Czech Republic’s Moravian Dragons (2:17.382).
Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat Team also contributed gold medal by topping the 500m small boat premier open category in 2:06.782.
The Army Dragon Warriors completed a 1-2 punch for the Philippines following their 2:07.502 silver medal finish.
UAE-Dubai Diggers once again settled as bridesmaid with 2:09.906 for third place while Canada’s Pickering Dragon Boat Club ended fourth (2:10.378), Germany’s Demachdeburjer landed fifth (2:11.334) and New Zealand’s Hamilton City Water Sports took the sixth spot (2:17.286).
As of press time, the Philippines has already secured three gold medals counting Army Dragon Warriors’ gold in the 2,000m small boat premier open on the opening day of the competition.
EMIL C. NOGUERA