Philippine paddlers shine at IDBF Dragon Boat World Cup


Cobra-PDBF Dragon Boat Team once again proved their mettle by finishing 2nd overall in the first-ever International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Dragon Boat World Cup held in Fuzhou, China last June 10-12.

Competing against 12 invited elite countries, the Filipino paddlers won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze to place second among the elite pool.

China won the overall crown with 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 Bronze, followed by Philippines.

Canada finished third overall with 2 silver and 2 bronze, while USA took the 4th place with a silver and 5th place went to Australia with a bronze.

Each team was allowed only 28 members each, to compete for the five (5) premiere events at stake, namely: the 100m standard mixed, the 200m standard mixed, the 500m standard mixed, the 400 small boat relay, and the 1000 small boat team pursuit.

Dragon boat powerhouse China won 3 of the 5 gold medals, while Team Philippines won the other 2 gold medals by dominating the 500m standard mixed with a time of 2:03.693 and the 100m standard mixed with a time of 23.455

On top of that, Team Philippines’ gold medal time in the 100m standard mixed is the new world record.

Here’s the video of Team Philippines new world record feat!

The Philippine Cobra’s silver medal came from the 200 meters mixed standard boat event, and their bronze was from the 400-meter rally men’s and women’s small boat.

Again, Team Philippines’ participation at the first ever Dragon Board World Cup was not funded by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) dug deep, drew inspiration from its small group of loyal backers, and almost came back home with the overall championship trophy!

PDBF gave the team a P600,000 bonus, which will be used to build a new standard boat for practice runs.

Before the World Cup, the team was also able to win a gold medal at the Macau Asian Championships held the week before.

The team is eyeing the World Championships in Canada to continue the streak in 2015.

Here’s the video of the other golden feat of Team Philippines in the 500m standard mixed event.

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