MANILA, Philippines – The Cobra-PAL Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) team was stupendous in the 12th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada, this past August 18-23 as they came away with 4 gold medals in as many divisions.
Despite being undermanned, the team won gold in the 200m and 500m mixed categories events for the small boat event, and also claimed gold in the 500m premier mixed crown and senior A mixed title competitions, according to a report by Inquirer.
The team finished with the best time of 4:26.942 in the mixed crown event and 4:53.905 in the senior A mixed title tilt.
“We have once again showcased Filipinos’ inherent world-class talent that we are built to endure, survive, and succeed in global competitions,” said PDBF president Marcia Cristobal. “The whole team channelled their Tunay na Lakas para sa Piliinas (true strength for the country).”
Outlasting chief opponents like Macau, Hungary, Italy, and Puerto Rico, the Cobra-PAL PDBF squad were without some of their main players whose visas were disapproved.
“That the team competed and emerged victorious even without a complete lineup is a testament of their true strength, perseverance in the face of challenges, determination despite all obstacles, and resolve in the face of competition,” said Hubert Tan, the senior vice president of Commercial of Asia Brewery Inc.
The team’s initial goal was to win 3 gold medals. – Rappler.com
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