Cobra PDBF team ranks 2nd in Dragon Boat World Cup
MANILA — Fresh from their one gold and two silver wins at the Macau Asian Dragon Boat Championship, the Cobra-Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) Team once again emerged victorious with two golds, one silver and one bronze at the first ever International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Dragon Boat World Cup, gaining the number two spot. The Cobra PDBF team has so far netted a total of 3 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze within a span of only two weeks.
Jumping up three places from its number 5 ranking, the Cobra PDBF Team bested dragon boat racing powerhouse teams from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, French Polynesia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Hungary, Macau, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, and the US. Considered the Olympics of dragon boat racing, the World Cup only hosts the top 16 teams every 4 years.
“The team’s win at Macau lit the warrior’s spirit in the team, and this showed in their performance at the World Cup. Competing with only the best the world has to offer, our paddlers moved as one to show the world what Lakas ng Pinas looks like in competition.” says Marcia Cristobal, PDBF president.
Dan Ong, Senior Brand Manager of Cobra Energy Drink agreed, stating, “From Macau to Fuzhou, from the Asian Championships to the World Cup, the Cobra PDBF showed that there is truly no limit to what Filipinos can do. The heart of a warrior is in every Philippine paddler, and we hope this win lights up the fire in every Filipino to persevere, power on, and perform, however small or large our endeavors may be.”
“2014 Cobra PDBF is comprised of top notch paddlers from Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and the cream of PDBF club teams. Team members from various walks of life came together to paddle towards victory. Our Cobra team demonstrated true skill and real talent, but even more so strength in unity during the 1st Dragon Boat World Cup in China. Today we are #2 overall in the World Cup and I personally look forward to the day Philippines will be ranked #1 overall in the world” said Mike Ngo, AVP for Marketing, Media and Budget.
The IDBF World Cup Overall Silver ranking was won by the Cobra PDBF Team with 2 golds in the standard premier mixed 100 meters and standard premier mixed 500 meters, 1 silver in standard premier mixed 200 meters and 1 bronze in 400m relay small boat category.
1st IDBF Dragon Boat World Cup Race Results
100m Mixed Premier Standard
Gold – Philippines (23.445)
Silver – Canada (23.825)
Bronze – China (24.049)
500m Mixed Premier Standard
Gold – Philippines (2.03.693)
Silver – China (2.03.941)
Bronze – Canada (2.04.553)
200m Mixed Premier Standard
Gold – China (48.659)
Silver – Philippines (49.565)
Bronze – Canada (49.993)
400m Relay Small Boat
Gold – China (1.45.891)
Silver – Canada (1.46.763)
Bronze – Philippines (1.48.749)
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