MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) team wrapped up a second-place finish in the first-ever International Dragon Boat Federation Dragon Boat World Cup after nabbing four medals, including two golds.
The PDBF team was coming off a one-gold, two-silver medal performance at the Macau Asian Dragon Boat Championship when they won two golds, one silver and on bronze at the World Cup.
They have thus won three gold medals, three silvers and one bronze in the span of only two weeks.
Jumping up three places from its No. 5 ranking, the PDBF team bested powerhouse teams from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, French Polynesia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Hungary, Macau, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and the United States.
"The team's win at Macau lit the warrior's spirit in the team, and this showed in their performance in at the World Cup," PDBF president Marcia Cristobal said in a statement.
"Competing with only the best the world has to offer, our paddlers moved as one to show that what 'Lakas ng Pinas' looks like in competition," she added.
The PDBF team won the gold in the standard premier mixed 100 meters and the standard premier mixed 500 meters. They placed second in the standard premier mixed 200 meters, and bronze in the 400 meter relay small boat category.
The PDBF team is composed of paddlers from the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard and the best paddlers from PDBF club teams.