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Davao Occidental paddlers key RP team bronze in dragonboat

Tubalan, Davao Occidental paddlers Lealyn Baligasa, Roda Daban and Chris Tolledo, members of the Philippine Dragonboat team with Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation board member Arnel Gabutero.

Pasay City -Three members of the young Philippine Dragonboat team which won a bronze medal, Saturday (December 7) in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games are from Davao Occidental.

This story appeared on Page 21 of the December 09, 2019 issue of Mindanao Times. Click for an online copy.

Lealyn Baligasa, Roda Daban and Chris Tolledo, local paddlers from Tubalan, Malita, Davao Occidental came up strong with the rest of the RP Dragonboat team for second runner-up honors in the mixed 22-seater 200-meter race behind Thailand and Indonesia which finished in first and second place, respectively, played at Subic Bay, Malawan Park.

The Philippine Dragonboat team winning a bronze in the mixed 22-seater 200-meter race.

All three are junior high students and members of the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation Dragon boat squad which train in Tatay, Rizal.

Chris Talledo

On Sunday’s (December 8) race, the Philippine Dragonboat team duplicated that feat in the mixed 22-seater 500-meter event clocked at 1:58:153. They fell short next to second placer Thailand (1:55:153) and champion Indonesia (1:53:753)

Lealyn Baligasa

“I’m proud of all three of them. They channeled their efforts to help the RP Dragonboat team win medals in this year’s edition of the Games,” said Arnel Gabutero, also a native from Malita and now one of the board of directors of the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation.

Roda Daban

The Philippine team totaled two bronze medals in dragonboat and a gold and two silver medals in canoe-kayak.

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