Philippine rowers will be going home with nine gold, two silver and one bronze medals after a successful campaign in the prestigious 2016 IDBF World Club Crew Dragon Boat Championships held at the Ramsay Regatta Course in Adelaide, Australia.
Philippine Army Dragon Warriors and Philippine Coast Guard Dragon Boat Team delivered two golds and one silver on the final day of the tournament sanctioned by the International Dragon Boat Federation.
The Philippines once again scored a 1-2 finish, this time in the 200m small boat premier open with the Dragon Warriors taking the top spot in 48.003 seconds and the Coast Guard winding up second in 48.423 seconds.
Canada’s Pickering Dragon Boat Club settled for bronze with a time of 50.415 seconds.
Coast Guard wrapped up the country’s stint with another golden feat in the 200m small boat women’s premier.
They crossed the finish line in 56.561 seconds, blasting the gold medal hopes of New Zealand’s Hamilton City Water Sports (56.865) and Singapore Paddle Club (56.941), which ended second and third, respectively.
Earlier, the Dragon Warriors dominated the 200m small boat mixed premier event (52.607), 2,000m small boat premier open (10:0.570) and 500m small boat premier mixed (2:11.898), then placed second in the 500m small boat premier open.
“Known as the King of the Sprints, Philippine paddlers from the Army and the Coast Guard raced to their last breath until the finish line. Armed with an indomitable fighting spirit, the Army Dragon Warriors have proven once again that ‘It is the fastest boat crew in the planet’,” said Philippine Army Dragon Warriors President Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc.
On the other hand, Coast Guard also had a sterling performance with gold medals in the 500m small boat women’s premier (2:20.615), 500m small boat mixed premier (1:53.742), 200m standard boat mixed premier (45.516) and 500m small boat premier open (2:06.782), and a bronze in the 2,000m standard boat premier mixed.
The other competing teams this year were US, China, Czech Republic, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, India, New Zealand and host Australia.
The Philippines has surpassed its two-gold medal haul in the 2014 edition held in Ravenna, Italy.
“This accomplishment is for our fallen heroes and veterans who fought for the Philippines this month in 1942. Salute,” added Cabunoc.