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PH paddlers claimed overall title in Asian Cup Championships

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Photo: The tandem of Baligasa and Balboa started the Philippines’ impressive winning run.

 

The Philippine Canoe-Kayak team won the overall title, claiming 21 medals including 10 gold, and becoming the overall champions in the Asian Cup Canoe Championship over the weekend in Hong Kong.

The ten-man Philippine crew dominated the competition, with Lealyn Baligasa and Kimly Adie Balboa leading the way in the first event, the 1000m race. Despite missing their second gold in the Open K2-500m, the Filipinos’ impressive run unfolded.

Joanna Barca, the pride of Palo, Leyte, captured three individual event gold in the three-day competition, making her the only triple gold medalist in the competition and earning her the most outstanding athlete award.

Barca won the women’s U23 C1 500-meter, 200-meter, and 23km marathon events, finishing the 500m race in two minutes and 44.63 seconds, the 200m race in one minute and 7.83 seconds, and topping the marathon 23km event with a time of 2:47.10.

Other gold medalists included Ojay Fuentes in the men’s Open C1 500m and Open C1 200m, Janus Ercilla in the Men’s U23 C1 23km, Lealyn Baligasa in the women’s U23 K1 23 km, John Paul Selencio in the men’s Open C1 23km, and Jobert Penaranda in the Men’s U23 K1 Marathon 18.4km.

The Philippine Canoe-Kayak and DragonBoat Federation (PCKDF) president, Leonora ‘Len’ Escollante, expressed her pride in the team’s campaign, saying, “We’re very proud and happy with the team’s performance. We have a young and skilled team. They need exposure like this, so we are doubly grateful to the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, and our private supporters who generously support and help us.”

In the International Dragon Boat Championships in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the PCKDF paddlers also claimed the overall title with four gold medals.

Among the silver medal winners are Neljohn Fabro (U23 Ci 23km, 2:31.24); Kimly Adie Balboa (U23 K1 23km, 2:32.02), Ojay Fuentes (Open C1 23 km, 2:19.09); Carla Joy Cabugon (U23 K1 500m, 2:33.78, U23 K1 200m, 56.22 and U23 marathon 18.4km, 1:57.04)); and Janus Ercilla (U23 C1 500m, 2:15.67 and 200m, 43.90), while Ercilla added a bronze in U23 K1 marathon finishing at 1:43.29 as well as Jobert Penaranda in the Men’s U23 K1 1000-meter (5:00.64).

 

 

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