The Philippine dragon boat team won a silver medal in the 11th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Szeged, Hungary.
The Filipinos finished second in the Standard Boat 500-meter Premier/Mixed event with a time of one-minute, 57.370 seconds.
China took the gold 1:56.730 and Canada the bronze with 1:57.550.
The United States placed fourth (1:58.770) followed by Australia (1:59.420) and Czech Republic (1:59.930).
“We are happy and proud with our victory in the Standard (long) boats Premier Mixed 500meters. We hope our Men’s crew will win in the same distance this Sunday. We are grateful to all our supporters, our Dragonboat community and especially to Cobra,” said Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) board member Judith Hakim, the only Filipino international umpire in the world meet.
More than 1,000 athletes from 28 countries to part in the races.
The Philippines made it to the finals by topping the qualifying heats and beating Poland, Great Britain and host Hungary in the semifinals.
Rowing for the Philippines were Usman Patanglingjug Anterola, Norman Bacus, Isagani Bayson, Cresmark Dayumat, Roel Dela Cerna, Gerald Dela Cruz, Romy John Dionio, Romel Donesa, Isidro Guitering, Jose Ijalo, Ramie Llano, Mark Rainier Luz, Kerwin Meily, Joemar Ocquiana, Hardy Pabulayan, Jimmy Petilo, Alvin Sabijon, Salvador Sumagaysay, Ronald Tan, Rodrigo Tanuan, Alben Grande, Reyjel Deloso Paranaque and Ruperto Sabijon in the men’s division.
Seeing action in the women’s category are Ivory Ablig, Marilou Adalid, Emilou Babanto, Hazel Abarratigue, Thea Camua Bartolome, Riza Canonoy, Honeylyn Leonardo, May Rose Marinas, Elna Parohinog, Noemi Israel Tener, Ma Ailene Padrones and Maricris Veloso.
Joining the team are PDBF President Marcia Cristobal and PDBF secretary general Pinky Castillo.
The team will try to surpass its five gold and two silver medal haul in the 2011 edition held in Tampa Bay, Florida.
EMIL C. NOGUERA