The Philippines made its presence felt in the 4th Korea Open Busan International Dragon Boat Festival, winning five gold, one silver and two bronze medals on the opening day at the Suyeong River, Apec Naru Park in Haendae, Busan in South Korea.
The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Elite Team pocketed the first two golds in the Standard Boat (20-paddler) event—500-meter Premier Open and 500-meter Premier Mixed.
The team continued its domination in the Small Boat (10-paddler) category as it ruled the 500m Premier Open, 500m Premier Women and 500m Premier Mixed in the tournament participated by more than 20 teams including those from host South Korea, Great Britain and Australia.
The silver and bronzes were delivered by another team from the Philippines—Triton Dragon Boat Racing.
Triton placed second in the Standard Boat 500m Premier Mixed then wound up third in the Small Boat 500m Premier Women and Small Boat 500m Premier Mixed classes.
“Five golds. Lovely racing experiences in Busan,” said PDBF paddler Judith Hakim, whose team aims to add more medals on the final day of competitions.
The PDBF has been successful this year including their two-gold, one-silver, one-bronze showing in the prestigious 1st International Dragon Boat Federation World Cup held in China.
They also bagged medals in Shanghai, Macau and Singapore.