Chief of Adat Istiadat Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Hj Abu Bakar (10th R) and the Lela Cheteria Boat Race Team during a group photo session at the Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Shopping Complex in the capital yesterday. The team won the 800m mixed international event (20 rowers) at the 3rd Sabah FCAS Dragon Boat International Race.BT/Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BY AK FAUZI PG SALLEH
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - LELA Cheteria Dragon Boat Race Team won the 800m mixed international event (20 rowers) at the 3rd Sabah FCAS Dragon Boat International Race on Sunday.
The team clocked a time of 3:38.90 at the Likas Bay in Kota Kinabalu to lift the Dragon Trophy, finishing ahead of second-placed Boracay All Stars from the Philippines (3:39.80) and third-placed Mizaniz Sports of Sabah (3:41.24). The team brought home a cash prize of RM8000, championship trophy and medals.
Meanwhile, Brunei National Boat Race Association finished third in the 200m mixed international event (12 rowers) with a time of 59.96.
Brunei sent four teams to compete at the tournament; the other two Juang Dragon Boat Race Team and Tutong Dragon Boat Race Team.
“We beat last year’s best time of 3:39.35 set by Boracay team, so it was a new record,” said the team’s head coach Hj Hasnan Hj Tangah in an interview with The Brunei Times during a group photo session at the Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Shopping Complex in the capital yesterday.
Present at the group photo session yesterday was Chief of Adat Istiadat Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Hj Abu Bakar.
Lela Cheteria Dragon Boat Race Team also competed in the 200 metres men’s international category, but the team missed out on the podium spot finishing fourth with a time of 57.80.
Gajah Mada Paddle Club from Indonesia went on to win the event with a time of 51.67.
“We were expecting to win the 200m men’s international category because we did very well in the preliminary round, but there were some technical problem at the start of the race,” continued Hj Hasnan.
“We were on lane seven when there was a wooden stilt floating in front of our boat at the very first second of the race.
“The other teams were already rowing their boats four to five times, and we could not catch up because of that.
“But overall, I am quite happy with the achievement and all the players deserved the victory as they have been preparing hard for this tournament since last year,” he added.
Team manager Pengarah Hj Brahim Hj Mohd Yussof was equally pleased.
“The tournament attracted some good teams from China, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia, and the level of the competition was very high,” he said.
“Next for us is the International Dragon Boat Race in Sarawak in November, and I hope we can carry the same performance and momentum into the tournament,” he added.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times