PH cops 2 World sil­vers

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Gainesville, Ge­or­gia—The Philip­pines con­tin­ued to shine on the world stage af­ter grab­bing two sil­ver medals in the 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Cham­pi­onships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here.

Al­ways a strong con­tender in the small boat, the pad­dlers from the Philip­pine Ca­noe Kayak Dragonboat Fed­er­a­tion came close to bag­ging another gold in the 10-seater se­nior men's 500 me­ters be­fore Hun­gary wres­tled the ti­tle away near the fin­ish.

The Hun­gar­i­ans clocked 2:05.021 to nip the Filipinos (2:06.18) in the last few me­ters be­fore the Czech Repub­lic checked in third, more than three sec­onds af­ter the win­ner, fol­lowed by Italy, Ger­many and Ukraine.

In the 20-seater se­nior mixed 2000m, the PH pad­dlers were also in con­tention for the gold but blew the chance af­ter the United States cut them on the fi­nal turn, al­low­ing the Czech Repub­lic to se­cure a trou­ble-free fin­ish.

"We were forced to take a longer route be­cause we might bump the boat of the United States on the last turn," head­coach Len Es­col­lante said.

They were re­leased third out of seven teams from the start­ing line and chased down the Amer­i­cans mid­way into the race.

When the Filipinos were ready to over­take, the Amer­i­cans took the in­ner lane on the fi­nal bend that wasted sev­eral pre­cious sec­onds off the Philip­pines./

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The Philip­pine Ca­noe Kayak Dragonboat Fed­er­a­tion team.

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