PUERTO PRINCESA City -- A tremendous success.
That’s how Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation (PCKDF) president Jonne Go described the Philippines’ performances in the 2016 Asian Dragon Boat Championships and Puerto Princesa International Club Crew Championships at the Baywalk here.
“I’m very happy with the performance of our paddlers,” said Go during the awarding ceremony late Sunday.
Overall, the Filipinos captured five gold medals -- 10-seater women’s small boat, 20-seater men’s 500-meter and 10-seater junior mixed 500m last Saturday and 20-seater standard men and small boat men 200m -- to underscore their dominance in the three-day competition held as part of the annual Puerto Princesa Festival.
The Filipinos also captured three silver medals.
The Filipinos submitted a time of 46.935 seconds in the standard boat men to edge Chinese Taipei, which clocked 49.692 seconds.
In the small boat men, the Filipinos timed 46.808 seconds against Japan (48.681), Indonesia (48.903) and Chinese Taipei (50.518).
The Filipinos, however, settled for the silver medal in the junior mixed team event with a time of 51.54 seconds.
Chinese Taipei bagged the gold with 50.65 seconds.
The Filipinos’ worst showing came in the small boat men 10-seater where they finished only fifth overall with a time of 51.59 seconds.
Indonesia brought home the gold medal with a time of 46.31 seocnds. Japan finished second with 50.34, followed by Chinese Taipei (50.79) and Hong Kong (51.46).
National team coach Len Escollante, for her part, said the Filipinas’ triumph in the small boat women -- the country’s third gold medal -- was the sweetest.