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    Gold medal elusive as PH dragon boat team falls short again

    Jun 18, 2012
    Members of both the Philippines and China dragon boat teams celebrate after settling for the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200-meter straight final of the Asian Beach Games on Monday. Indonesia topped the event.

    Once again, the Philippine men’s dragon boat team fell short of a gold medal in the 2012 Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China, coming a half-second behind winner Indonesia in the 200 meters straight final.

    The 16-man team finished with a time of 43.992 seconds, just .534 of a second slower than the Indonesians, as they mirrored their runner-up finish to the same team in the 500m straight finals.

    The Southeast Asian Games gold medallists advanced to the 200m finals by topping the first heat in 43.183 seconds, nearly three seconds faster than their closest pursuer Thailand.

    The team hopes to finally clinch the elusive gold medal in the final day of competitions on Tuesday when they compete in the 3,000m round.

    The Philippine squad is composed of Jameson Bumahit, Florence Caro, Nelson Cordova, Raquiel Espinosa, Alex Generalo, Ambrocio Gontinas Jr., Alberto Hugo, Rolando Isidro Jr., Hermie Macaranas, Joseph Magno, Diomedes Manalo, Ric Nacional, Ronniel Rafael, Dativo Romares, Ricky Sardena and Alex Sumagaysay.

    With the team’s second silver medal, the Philippines is among six nations which have so far won a medal in the third edition of the showpiece.

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    Members of both the Philippines and China dragon boat teams celebrate after settling for the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200-meter straight final of the Asian Beach Games on Monday. Indonesia topped the event.
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