Philippines wins three gold medals in Dragon Boat World Championship
Philippine Dragon Boat stamp their mark in Moscow. Photo from canoeicf.com

THE Philippines claimed three gold medals to finish third overall in the 2016 International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat World Championship in Moscow.

The national squad also won one silver and two bronzes in the competition ruled by host Russia, which tallied 32 gold, eight silver, and seven bronze mendals. Germany was second with a 4-16-10 gold-silver-bronze mark.

Two gold medals were won by almost a two-second gap as the Philippnes won in the 10-seater junior mixed 200m category in 50.853 seconds to overcome Russia (52.490) and Canada (53.654). The Philippine team in the 20-seater senior mixed 200m race clocked at 43.641 seconds to beat Russia (45.541) and Thailand (45.559).

It was a tight race in the 20-seater senior mixed 500m after the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation team checked in at one minute, 55.992 seconds, just a 0.083 second difference over Russia (1:56.075). Thailand got bronze with a time of 1:56.346.

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