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Phl Dragon boat team triumphant in Dragon Boat World Championship

The Philippine Dragon Boat team bagged four medals in the recently concluded 11th IDBF Dragon Board World Championship in Hungary.

The Philippine team won two silvers in the 200m premier small boat and in the 500m premier standard boat category. They also won two bronze medals in two other categories.

Almost 4,000 athletes from 30 different countries participated in the world championship that started on July 23 to 28.

Countries like Canada, China, Australia and America also participated in the tourney. (Rommel Fuertes)

 

Iran makes it look easy in rout of Malaysia

Iran still proved to be a formidable force and one of the top teams in Asia as it made little effort in beating Malaysia, 115-25, at the start of the FIBA Asian Championships at the MOA Arena in Pasay.

The two-time Asian champions were all out in both defense and offense even up to the last seconds of the game to start their campaign in a banging note and made it known that they are still a team to beat in the tournament.

Former Phoenix Suns center Hamed Haddadi led Iran’s attack as he scattered 21 points in only 13 minutes of play.

The 7-foot-2 center manned the shaded lane and only allowed the Malaysian team to score only three points in the first quarter.

Malaysia and Iran are both in group C, which includes China and South Korea.

Tomorrow will be the true test for Iran as it will face South Korea, team Philippines’ long-time nemesis in international competitions.

Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas will battle Saudi Arabia later, 8:30 p.m. before embarking on tougher teams like Jordan and Chinese Taipei. (Chris Capulso)

 

Gilas starts FIBA campaign against Saudi Arabia

Philippine national team Gilas Pilipinas will kick off their 27th FIBA Asia championship campaign 8:30 p.m. today against Saudi Arabia at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Though there’s no doubting that the caliber of China, Korea, Iran and other participants in the tournament, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes is confident that the preparations that have rendered during the off-season is enough to pull off a surprise.

The veteran mentor admitted that they may be shorter against the taller teams but the skills and speed, Gilas is not far behind.

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit is the tallest player in the team at 6”11 followed by Junemar Fajardo at 6”10 and Japeth Aguilar at 6”9. (Rommel Fuertes)

   

Gilas must get past Korea to enter semiS, says Toroman

Former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Rajko Toroman only had a few words for the national team in the FIBA Asian championships which the country will be hosting starting tomorrow.

Toroman said that the national team must get past and break the South Korean jinx if they want to enter the semifinals of the qualifiers for next year’s championship showpiece in Spain.

For Toroman, now’s the time for payback against the Korean team that broke the hearts of the Philippine team in numerous occasions.

The Serbian coach is praying that Gilas would face Korea in the quarterfinal round instead of Kazakhstan.

Aside from payback, the former Gilas coach believes that Korea is an easier team to face compared to Kazakhstan, the team that was beaten by Gilas in an exhibition game. (Chris Capulso)

 

Pacquiao confident against Rios

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is confident that he will pull off a knock out against Brandon Rios and regain his lost legacy after two consecutive losses.

In a press conference in Beijing, China, which is part of their press tour, Pacquiao is still confident and said that he has a huge advantage if anybody will categorize it to fighting experience.

The ‘Pacman’ added that he’ll start training in August as part of his six-week conditioning and another six-week training camp under head trainer Freddie Roach. (Luisito Antonio Santos)

   

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