Filipina paddlers bring home two medals from ‘biggest’ dragon boat cup in China

  • The Philippine Women’s Drago Boat Team won a silver and a bronze medal in the recently-concluded 2019 International Canoe Federation World Dragon Boat Cup held in Ningbo, China
  • It was tagged as the “biggest world cup ever held”
  • 29 countries participated and witnessed by more than 300,000 spectators

The Philippine Women’s Dragon Boat Team brought pride to the country ahead of the highly-anticipated Southeast Asian Games after bagging two medals in a dragon boat cup in China.

Image by Len Escollante via Philippine Athletes at Multi Sports Events Facebook Page

The Filipina paddlers won a silver and a bronze medal in the recently-concluded 2019 International Canoe Federation World Dragon Boat Cup held in Ningbo, China, a report said.

In front of the more than 300,000 spectators, the Philippine team was able to complete a silver-medal finish in the Women’s Small Boat 200m and a bronze-medal performance in the Women’s Small Boat 500m.

Two dragon boat teams from China dominated the competition by grabbing 10 medals in total. It was reported that the three-day world cup tournament was participated by 34 teams from 29 nations. Among the competitors were teams from Russia, USA, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, and Bulgaria.

According to the host country, China, the tournament was “the biggest world cup ever held” with the participation of 29 countries. The races, which include 10-seat and 20-seat boats over 200 and 500 meters courses, were televised live in the television network, CCTV, in China.

Image by Philippine Dragon Boat Women’s National Team via Facebook

With the high-level of competition in the said dragon boat cup in China, the Filipina paddlers may not have dominated the competition but they were able to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games that will be hosted by the Philippines from late November to early December this year.

The team’s head coach Len Escollante in June, when the team won gold medals in the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships in Singapore, was quoted in a report saying, “Right now, we’re confident that we can go up against the best in the (Southeast Asian) region, but we cannot be complacent. We must keep on improving our clockings.”