The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) copped a total of 10 gold medals in the 4th Korea Open Busan International Dragon Boat Festival held at the Suyeong River, Apec Naru Park Haendae in Busan, South Korea.
The Filipino paddlers added five golds on the final day of the competitions. They ruled the Small Boat 200-meter Premier Open in 51.67 seconds then topped the Small Boat 200m Premier Women in 58.63 seconds and Standard Boat 200m Premier Mixed in 47.55.
The Philippines also dominated the Small Boat 200m Premier Mixed and Standard Boat 200m Premier Open categories.
PDBF earlier bagged gold medals in the Standard Boat 500-meter Premier Open, Standard Boat 500-meter Premier Mixed, Small Boat 500m Premier Open, Small Boat 500m Premier Women and Small Boat 500m Premier Mixed.
Besides the 10 golds, the Philippines earned four silvers and three bronzes courtesy of the Triton Dragon Boat Racing Team.
The three silvers were from Standard Boat 200m Premier Mixed, Small Boat 200m Premier Women, Small Boat 200m Premier Mixed and Standard Boat 500m Premier Mixed while the bronzes came from Small Boat 200m Premier Open, Small Boat 500m Premier Women and Small Boat 500m Premier Mixed.
“We alternately had eight women paddling in the Open Standard events (men’s events) and PDBF Elite made history by winning against men’s teams. Gold in 200m and 500m. To achieve is to believe. Believe in everything happens for a reason. And to share love and happiness. We are grateful. Mabuhay Philippine Dragon Boat Federation,” said drummer Judith Hakim.
The other members of the team were Jenny Escueta, Jean Roma, Charmaine Ong, Riza Canonoy, Alben Grande, Nida Sajonia, Julieann Biadnes, Honeylyn Leonardo, Leonita Banlat, Marilou Adalid, Jimmy Petilo, Nelson Cordova, Mitchelle Pabulayan, Josette Deriada, Rolando Isidro, Ric Nacional, Suhod Hakim, Raquiel Espinosa, Manuel Maya, Edward Balbuena, Alberto Hugo and Alex Sumagaysay.