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Philippines shine in dragon boat races ahead of SEA Games

Date : 14 Jun 2019

Manila, Philippines, June 14, 2019: Filipino paddlers haven’t lost their winning touch since bagging five gold medals in the ICF (International Canoe Federation) Dragon Boat World Championships in 2018, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

In a dazzling display of speed, precision and teamwork, the Go For Gold-Philippine Dragon Boat Team brought home two gold medals and one silver from the prestigious DBS Marina Regatta in Singapore earlier this month.

The national paddlers clocked 1:00.76 in dominating the 10-seater premier women’s division 200m and duplicated the feat in the 20-seater premier mixed category that served as their tune-up for the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines this November.

Despite having five women in the premier big boat open category, the Filipinos still wound up with a silver medal in a hard-fought race that featured boats with all-male teams.

“We did well in this tournament and we are eager to translate our performance here into victories during the SEA Games,” head coach Len Escollante said.

“What was really surprising was we got these medals against teams where the paddlers are all male.”

The Go For Gold-PH Dragon Boat squad wrote history on the world stage last year when they collected five gold medals that sealed the overall title in the 2018 world championships in Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Georgia.

“Right now we’re confident that we can go up against the best in the region but we cannot be complacent. We must keep on improving our times,” Escollante said.



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