The Philippine Army grabbed its first gold in the 9th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Club Crews World Championships on Friday night at the Standiana Bacin Regatta Course in Ravenna, Italy.
The Army paddlers submitted 48.92 seconds to reclaim the title in the Small Boat 10-seater 200-meter Premier Open.
The team did not compete in the eighth edition of the world meet held in Hong Kong two years ago due to financial
“We’re really strong in sprints. They called us“ the fastest crew in the world ”in this event and we’re happy that we were able to get a gold medal this time after our unfortunate start on the opening day,” said Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team President Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc referring to their seventh place finish in the Premier Open 2,000m race where they collided with a Dutch team.
Germany’s All Sports Team Hannover settled for silver with a time of 49.46 seconds while another German team, PG Mannheim, bagged the bronze medal in 50.82 seconds.
PSV Uckermark Prenzlau of Germany placed fourth in 51.13) followed by Dragonmasters Urom of Hungary (51.31), Sportsteam Hamburg of Germany (51.36), Dubai Diggers of the United Arab Emirates (52.46) and Sokkan Booshehr of Iran (54.06).
The Army squad made it to the finals by topping the Heat 1 of the semifinals (48.60) and Heat 1 of the preliminary round (47.85).
They will be gunning for one more gold as they compete in the 500m Premier Open scheduled on Sunday.