PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—The Philippine dragon boat team added two more gold medals Sunday to paddle its way to the overall title of the 2016 Asian Dragon Boat Championships here.
The Filipinos capped the successful campaign with victories in the 20-seater men’s 200 meters and 10-seater men’s 200m races that hiked their collection to five gold medals.
``Our goal was to win three gold medals and we were really surprised to get more,’’ said headcoach Len Escollante.
They finished the small boat men’s 200m in 46.808 seconds to subdue Japan (48.681) and Indonesia (48.903).
The Pinoy paddlers clocked 46.93 seconds in the standard men’s 200m to beat Chinese Taipei (49.93) in the finals before an ecstatic home crowd at the Baywalk area here.
Earlier, the Philippines prevailed in the standard boat men’s 500m, small boat junior mixed 500m and small boat women’s 500m, which came as the biggest surprise for the team in the two-day continental races.
``We didn’t expect them to win because we knew that Thailand and Indonesia are stronger. It was the first time our women’s squad paddled as a team,’’ said Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation president Jonne Go.