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PHL Army dragon boat team hauls gold in South Korea event


Photo courtesy of Philippine Army
Photo courtesy of Philippine Army

An 11-man team of rowers from the Philippine Army has raked in five golds in the recently held dragon boat festival in Incheon, South Korea.

The Philippine Army Dragon Boat, composed of six male and five female rowers, dominated the three categories such as 200, 500 and 2000 meters mixed event including the tug of war, making them as the over-all champion in the 2018 ARA Waterways International Dragon Boat Festival.

Eighteen competitors from different countries like Russia, Singapore, Qatar, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia participated in the event held from October 4 to 8, 2018.

Lt. Col. Raymond Dante Lachica, the head of the delegation, said the team showed magnificent effort even though they didn't have the luxury of time and resources to prepare for the event, whichwas organized by the Korean Dragon Boat Association.

The Philippine Army Dragon Boat was the same team proclaimed as champion in the International Dragon Boat Federation, World Dragon Boat Championship held in Italy and Australia in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Congratulating the team,  Army commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista said their victory "is a manifestation that indeed, our soldiers are transforming and seriously taking all things just to prove to the world that we are really world class." —KBK, GMA News