PH cops 2 World silvers
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./
The Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation team.