At the Seddon on channel in Hillsborough bay the international teams competed in the small premier open 500 metre race the Philippines took first place with a time of 23.535 seconds,shortly afterwards Australia came in second (2.29.299), third place went to Japan (2.36.365), fourth Italy (2.38.884).
The head coach for the Philippines team PDBF technical director Nestor Ilagan said “We came here with just enough number of paddlers to compete in small boats, but we ended up making our best performance in this event ever," We couldn’t have asked for more. The crowd support was overwhelming!”
Although looking to concentrate on the sprint races they gained the a gold in the 1000156
6m,200m premier mixed,200m premier men and the 500m premier mixed race. Also managing to take silver in the mixed 200m premier and all comers open 200m.
It was on Sunday they managed to complete the trophy cabinet with a gold for the 500m premier and paddles were raised in celebration to the large Filipino supporter crowd, who brought the team cakes,fruit and lunch.
The Cobra PDBF team is made of drummer Anabelle Tario, steerer Ruperto Sabijon, team captain Usman Anterola, assistant captain Salvador Sumagaysay and paddlers Amina Anuddin, Ma. Ailene Padrones, Maria Theresa Realizan, Thea Bartolome, Rowena Enriquez, Marie Michelle Jennifer Ebio, Jose Ijalo, Joemar Ocquiana, Junrey Dayumot, Perlito Idorot, Raymond Morales, Romy John Dionio, Cresanto Pabulayan, Ranie Llano, Ronald Tan and Rico Pradilla.
Several of the competing rowers had to get special clearance from military service. The sad thing to say though is it wasn’t supported by the Philippines government but heavily sponsored by Cobra Energy Drink and Philippines Airlines. Another team on the rise needing support of its nation.