Army, National Women teams rule CamSur Int’l Dragon Boat Festival

DRAGON BOAT RACE - A total of 63 teams representing the cream of the dragon boat racing community fielded their crews in the two-day, three-category 1st CamSur International Dragon Boat Fest 2010 held at the Lago del Rey of the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex Oct. 16 and 17 principally sponsored by Governor LRay Villafuerte (bottom photo, left) that featured a continuing series of spectacular finishes like the qualifying race in top photo battled out by crews of CamSur (left) and the Philippine Navy’s Fleet Marine (right). The Philippine Army team (bottom) clinched both first places in the 400 and 250 meter races while the Philippine National Women’s team ruled the Women and Mixed Team races. - DOMENGRANERA

By GBClaveria

PILI, CamSur – Military regimen and sheer nose-to-the-grindstone practice and experience clearly paid off for the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Women’s Team to dominate the 400 and 250 meter races of the 1st CamSur International Dragon Boat Fest 2010 held at the Lago del Rey of the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex at the Provincial Capitol Complex here.

With a thousand-strong pool of machos to choose from and the unflinching discipline inherent with military training, the Army robust team that easily lorded it over thirty other teams to capture best-time finishes in the final races of the 400 meters at 1 minute and 37.38 seconds and the 250 meters at one minute and 2.56 seconds.

In the women’s division the veteran Philippine National Women’s simply outclassed eight other protagonists in the women’s category and twenty-one others in the mixed team division, with the CamSur team a very creditable second in both categories.

Hard at the heels of the Army team capping a virtual series of exciting neck-to-neck finishes were fellow servicemen of the Philippine Navy’s Fleet Marine and the stalwart hometown CamSur team who finished second and third respectively in both 400 and 250 meters.

In the 400 meters Fleet Marine clocked in at 1:38.56, a second and a fraction behind the Army and CamSur came in at 1:39.03 a hairline just over half a second behind Fleet Marines; while in the 250 meters the Fleet Marine finished at 1:03.30 while CamSur crossed the finish line at 1:03.90.

In mixed 400-meter finals race, CamSur with 1:44.63 was a very close second only 0.19 second behind the Philippine National Women’ team, similarly in the 250 meters with 1:06.41 or less than three-fourths of a second behind.

Results of the finals races are as follows:

400 Meters Men

1.  Philippine Army (1:37.38)

2.  Fleet Marine (1:38.56)

3.  CamSur (1:39.03)

4.  Team Buhi-Iraya (1:40.00)


400 Meters Women

1.  National Women’s Team (3:35.90)

2.  CamSur (3:50.10)

3.  Philippine National Police (4:01.51)

4.  Fleet Marine (4:03.31)

400 Meters Mixed

1.  National Women’s Team (1:44.44)

2.  CamSur A (1:44.63)

3.  Fleet Marine (1:45.82)

4.  CamSur B (1:47.09)


250 Meters Men

1.  Philippine Army (1:02.56)

2.  Fleet Marine (1:03.30)

3.  CamSur (1:03.90)

4.  Rowers Club Philippines (1:07.00)

250 Meters Women

1.  National Women’s Team (1:08.22)

2.  CamSur (1:09.69)

3.  Philippine National Police (1:14.03)

4.  Air Force Triton (1:14.47)


250 Meters Mixed

1.  National Women’s Team (1:05.69)

2.  CamSur A (1:06.41)

3.  Fleet Marine (1:06.60)

4.  CamSur B (1:07.15)

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