The Philippine dragon boat team made its presence felt in the China Construction Bank (CCB) Asia Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race by snaring three golds and one bronze over the weekend at the Central Harborfront in Hong Kong.
The Filipino paddlers claimed their first mint as they ruled the 200-meter small boat mixed international in 58.126 seconds, besting second-placer Guangzhou Antoni International Dragonboat Team-China (1:01.973) and third-placer Subsonix Dragon Boat Club (1:02.226).
The Philippines continued its dominating performance by topping the 400m small boat mixed international with a time of 1:36.553.
Singapore National Dragon Boat Team settled for second with 1:36.853 while Yarra River Dragons-Australia wound up third with 1:41.813.
The third gold medal came on the final day of the competition as the Filipino squad submitted 1:38.807 in winning the 400m small boat international mixed grand championship event, relegating Singapore National Dragon Boat Team in second place anew (1:39.094) and Hong Kong Victoria Recreation Club in third (1:39.507).
The lone bronze was from 200m small boat women’s international (1:04.157). Hong Kong topped the event with 58.064 while Singapore placed second with 1:02.071.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to compete in the HK Dragon Boat race again this year, and we are very happy about being able to bring pride to our country,” said team captain Marcia Cristobal.
The tournament served as the team’s buildup for the prestigious International Dragon Boat Federation World Cup in October.
“Our success in Hong Kong serves as good motivation for us as we get ready for our big event this year, which is the IDBF World Cup,” added Cristobal.
EMIL C. NOGUERA