Pinoy rowers advance to finals
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 13, 2015 04:46 PM
"I believe Nestor (Cordova) was coasting, reserving his energy so he could give his all on Sunday." --- Philippine rowing chief Benjie Ramos
SINGAPORE - Two-time defending champion Nestor Cordova just worked just hard enough in the repechage on Saturday to advance to the men’s 1,000-meter singles sculls finals of the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games rowing competitions at the Marina Channel here.
A back-to-back gold medalist in the event at the 2011 Indonesia and 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, Cordova finished third in the repechage with a qualifying time three minutes and 38.64 seconds to reach the finals on Sunday.
Also advancing was Justine Vinas, who was likewise third in the (3:41.65) in men’s 1,000-meter light sculls repechage.
"I believe Nestor was coasting, reserving his energy so he could give his all on Sunday," noted rowing chief Benjie Ramos of the 37-year-old veteran from Murcia, Negros Occicdental who is known for his Mohawk haircut.
"But as I earlier said, the Cordova’s rivals have also become stronger so let’s see what will happen," Ramos said.
Besides Cordova and Vinas, also seeing action in the rowing finals tomorrow are Sydney Olympian Benjie Tolentino and Edgar Ilas in the men’s 1,000-meter lightweight double sculls and Alvin Amposta and Roque Abala Jr. in the men’s 1,000-meter open pairs.
Ramos said that among the four finalists, he believes that the tandem of Tolentino and Ilas, who had the best qualifying time in the heats last Friday of 3:23.82, was the strongest contender to capture the gold for the Filipino rowers.