THE Taytay Boys just made a strong message it deserves to represent the country in two forthcoming dragon boat international competitions.
Composed of paddlers from Mindoro, Cebu, Masbate, Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite, the Taytay-based team ruled the men’s 500m standard (20-seater) event of the Philippine National Games on Friday.
In topping the event, the Taytay Boys clocked 1:45.12 to win the gold over Philippine Army (1:49.08), Philippine Marines (1:49.88), and Philippine Navy (1:52.02).
The victory, according to Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation president Jonne Go, put to rest as to who is deserving of going to both the world championship and the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore next year.
“This team is 80 percent made up of paddlers under 20 years old. It’s their time now,” said Go following the victory of the team.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) vice-president Joey Romasanta for his part said the team should finally be given the support it deserved from the government, specifically from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
“It’s about time this team gets support. They haven’t been receiving anything and for them to win convincingly should put this dragon boat issue to rest,” he said.
Led by Danny Funelas, Hermie Macaranas, Norwell Cajes, Diomedes Manalo, and Alex and Alvin Generalao, the Taytay Boys also ruled the 24-under 10-seater with a time of 2:21.95, defeating Sagwan Tanauan (2:25.78), Iloilo Team-A (2:27.83), and Adamson U (2:31.51).
The Army team which the Taytay Boys beat was composed of veterans of the 2011 World Championships in Tampa, Florida, while the Navy squad had close to a dozen former national players for its members.
The Taytay Girls made it a twin kill by topping the 500m small boat (10-seater) with a time of 2:34.05. Runner-up was the Philippine Marine Corps (2:34.89), followed by Pyros (2:45.74), and University of the Philippines (2:46.62).
Philippine Navy emerged champion in the 500m mixed by a clocking of 1:57.07. Settling for the silver was Philippine Marines (1:58.03), followed by Laguna Rapids (1:58.46), and Sagwan Tanauan (2:07.43).