The Philippine dragon boat team captured its first gold medal in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games after the men’s squad won the 20+1+1 500m race at the Cipule Regatta Course in East Karawang, West Java.
The Philippine dragon boat squad were in a neck-and-neck battle with Myanmar but it was the Filipinos who checked in first in a photo finish with a clocking of one minute, 53.95 seconds. Myanmar crossed the finish line .17 seconds later with a time of 1:54.12.
Thailand settled for the bronze medal with a time of 1:56.21.
The Philippine team that took the gold medal is composed of Nestor Cordova, who already won a gold in the rowing competitions, along with Alex Sumagaysay, Benedicto Zafra, Dany Funelas, Diomedes Manalo, Edward Balbuena, Florence Caro, Jameson Buhamit, Louie Orias, Raquiel Espinosa, Ric Nacional, Ronnie Rafael, Leoniel Imus, Albert Hugo, Alvin Generalo, Alex Generalo, Datibo Romares, Edcel Penetrante, Rolando Isidro, Ricky Sarde, Hermie Maya, Norwel Cajes and Ambrosio Gotinas.