PH PAD­DLERS BAG 2 ASIAN C’SHIP GOLDS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - —JUNE NAVARRO

Filipino pad­dlers from the Philip­pine Ca­noe-Kayak Dragonboat Fed­er­a­tion (PCKDF) won the men’s 10-seater 200me­ter race as well as the 500me­ter event in the just con­cluded Asian Dragon Boat Cham­pi­onships in Dali, China.

With Her­mie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes at the helm, the Filipinos com­pleted the 200m in 47.55 sec­onds, one full boat ahead of sil­ver medal­ist Thai­land (49.80 sec­onds). China placed third in 51.23 sec­onds.

They like­wise ruled the 500m fi­nale, also at the ex­pense of Thai­land, clock­ing two min­utes and 10.30 sec­onds, slower than the team’s 2:07 dur­ing the heats but enough to bring home the ul­ti­mate prize.

Thai­land timed 2:12.78, Myan­mar fin­ished third (2:14.12) and China wound up fourth, nearly five sec­onds af­ter Team PH crossed the line.

PCKDF pres­i­dent Jonne Go said they would prac­ti­cally face the same set of ri­vals in the Asian Games in Palem­bang, In­done­sia, on Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

“But we don’t want to be com­pla­cent,” said head coach Len Es­col­lante. “Wewill train harder in or­der to achieve bet­ter clock­ings in time for the Asian Games.”

Fuentes and Macaranas got sup­port from pad­dlers Jor­dan De Guia, John Lester De­los San­tos, Oliver Manaig, Roger Ken­neth Mas­bate, Rey­mart Ne­vadoo, Roberto Pan­ta­leon, Jonathan Ruz and John Paul Se­len­cio, Mari­beth Caranto (steerer) and Pa­tri­cia Ann Bus­ta­mante (drum­mer).

Af­ter the Asian Games, they will com­pete in the world cham­pi­onships in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, on Sept. 9 to 13. They won three gold medals two years ago in Rus­sia.

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