MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation team earned their 4th gold medal in the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The 'Dragon Warriors' triumphed in the 500-meters mixed event in the small boat division, besting Hungary and Trinidad and Tobago.
In heat 1, the Dragon Warriors immediately stamped their class, coming in 1st place with a time of 2:28.
In heat 2, the Hungarians gave the Dragon Warriors a challenge, but the Filipinos once again ended up in 1st place.
In the 3rd and final heat, the Philippines reigned again. With precision paddling, they topped the race and took the gold medal.
Their opponents had nothing but praise for the Filipinos.
After 3 days of competition, the Dragon Warriors have bagged 4 gold medals and 2 silvers. They will aim for a 5th gold in tomorrow’s final event.
Meanwhile, the Filipinos came out in full force to support the Dragon Warriors. Others even traveled from other states just to cheer on the athletes.
The Filipinos not only cheered for the Dragon Warriors, but also brought food for them. -- Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Dragon Warriors win 4th gold