SEA Games: Accomplished Pinoy dragon-boat teams temper gold expectations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2019 11:45 PM

A force in rowing in the region, notwithstanding, the Philippines offered a modest forecast ahead of the Southeast Asian Games, which begin later this month.

“We are eyeing to win at least 3 of the 6 gold medals at stake,” said head coach Len Escollante, whose team will compete at Maalawan Park in Olongapo City.

Escollante said the team's best bets are in the 1,000-meter and 200-meter mixed standard boat events, as well as the 500-meter men’s four-seater event, based on the rowers' preparation the past few months.

“I’m glad that this World Cup came at least a month before the SEA Games,” Escollante said, referring to the competition it planned to use as a tune-up.

“At least we can see where we are right now in terms of preparation and what are the areas we need to improve on as we head to the Southeast Asian Games.

“The SEA Games will be held in the country. We have an advantage over the climate, the wind condition and the boats. We want to come up with a good finish and make the country proud.”

Escollante added: “The World Cup will serve as our gauge. We may not win it all, but at least we can check our time and make some adjustments.”

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