PH Army Dragon Boaters victorious in Japan
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 23, 2015 11:50 AM
(Photo via the PHILIPPINE ARMY DRAGON BOAT TEAM on Facebook)
Yet another Pinoy sports team has brought home international glory, as the Philippine Army Dragon Boat team were victorious in the Japan International Dragon Boat Festival which began last July 19.
The Pinoy paddlers took home top prize in the 250 meter men’s race, besting national teams from Japan and seventeen other countries.
The Army team started strong from the get-go, and didn’t look back to finish at the top of the heap.
“First time po namin sa Japan, so very proud po kami na kami ang nakakuha doon.” exclaimed team captain Usman Anterola.
The Army team’s victory was made a little sweeter, considering all the hurdles that they went through leading up to the tournament, and within the tournament itself which included flight delays and not being able to compete using their usual ‘gear’.
Also, the Army team found support from international fans, including the Japanese fans who made their stay in Osaka quite welcome.
“Hindi pa kami nakaka-laro, sumisigaw na sila ng “PHILIPPINES” said Anterola.
For more on the gold-medal winning Philippine Army Dragon Boat team, check out the video below!
via Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News