PCKDF rowers bag 4 golds in ICF World meet

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THE Philip­pines claimed two more gold medals in the 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Cham­pi­onships in Gainesville, Ge­or­gia by win­ning the 10- seater and 20-seater se­nior mixed 200-me­ter races held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

Led by vet­eran pad­dlers Her­mie Macaranas and Mark Jhon Frias, The PCKDF team in ac­tion. with a sud­den burst of speed in the

clock­ing in the small boat that drew ad­mi­ra­tion from their world­class ri­vals.

France set­tled for the sil­ver medal in 53.056 sec­onds and towed third-placer Hun­gary (53.158), host United States (53.463), Italy (53.9) and Ger­many (54.437). “On a shorter course such as the 200m, you need pro­duce faster and pow­er­ful strokes to be­come suc­cess­ful,’’ said coach Diomedes Manalo af­ter the Philip­pine Ca­noe Kayak Dragonboat Fed­er­a­tion pad­dlers sur­passed their medal Rus­sia.

The Pi­noy pad­dlers fol­lowed ex­actly the game plan in cap­tur­ing their fourth gold in the big boat, clock­ing 43.481 sec­onds to sub­due Czech Repub­lic (46.082) and United States (46.146).

Hun­gary placed fourth (46.791) fol­lowed by Ger­many (48.040) and Canada (50.242).

Be­sides the four gold medals, the na­tional team sup­ported by the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion and Go For Gold has also pock­eted two sil­vers in the small boat se­nior men’s 500m and big boat se­nior mixed 2000m race, re­spec­tively.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to our dragon boat ath­letes for im­prov­ing on their medal tally from their last

world cham­pi­onship,’’ said tally in 2016 Moscow, Go For Gold top hon­cho Jeremy Go. ``De­spite all the strug­gle and ad­ver­sity, our team has come out on top and con­tin­ues to im­press.’’

They de­fended the 20- seater se­nior mixed 500m ti­tle with aplomb af­ter kick­ing off their world cham­pi­onship cam­paign with a con­vinc­ing win in the 10- seater se­nior mixed 500m event.

The Pi­noy pad­dlers re­main on track to se­cure an­other gold medal in the 10- seater se­nior men 200m on Sun­day (Mon­day in Manila).

Jor­dan De Guia, John Paul Se­len­cio, Lee Robin San­tos, Jonathan Ruz, Daniel Ortega, Rey­mart Ne­vado, John Lester De­los San­tos will join hands with Chris­tine Mae Talledo, Shar­maine Mangilit, Ap­ple Jane Abitona, Raquel Al­men­cion and Lealyn Bali­gasa in the big boat se­nior mixed 200m.

Mari­beth Caranto has been des­ig­nated steers­man and Pa­tri­cia Ann Bus­ta­mante as drum­mer.

Dur­ing their world cham­pi­onship cam­paign two years ago, the Filipinos brought home three gold medals, one sil­ver and a pair of bronzes.

In the mas­ter divi­sion, the Philip­pines pock­eted a pair of bronze medals in the small boat men’s and mixed 200m races.

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Amy Ol­son of the US plays a fair­way shot dur­ing the third round of the women’s Evian Cham­pi­onship golf tour­na­ment in the French Alps town of Evian-les-Bains on Sun­day.

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