MANILA, PHILIPPINES — A Zamboangueña Rower, Kristine Paraon, spearheaded Team Philippines at the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships held virtually from Sunday, February 26 to Monday, February 27 at Mississauga, Toronto, Canada.
The Philippine National Rowing Team bagged one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.
The pride of Zamboanga City clinched the gold medal in the 19-20 Women’s 2,000-meter event in seven minutes and 30.3 seconds. It’s another addition to her silver medal won in the Women’s 500-meter event with a time of one minute and 40.2 seconds, making her a world champion in the rowing sports.
“Congratulations to our athletes for securing four medals from the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships, for the first time ever,” according to the Philippine Rowing Association’s post on its social media account.
Cris Nievarez, Athens Tolentino win bronze
Tokyo Olympics veteran and Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Cris Nievarez and Athens Tolentino also added a bronze medal each.
Nievarez placed third in the Men’s 21-22 2000-meter event, while Tolentino also won bronze in the Men’s 21-20 Lightweight 500-meter event in a tournament attended by high-ranked rowers around the world.
Rynjie Penaredondo finished fourth in the lightweight men’s 500-meter in one hour, 29 minutes, and two seconds; meanwhile, Van Maxilom ended up in fifth place in the same event with a time of one hour, 29 minutes, and five seconds.
Falling short of bagging a medal were Feiza Lenton and Kharl Julianne Sha in the Lightweight Women’s 500-meter, Edgar Ilas, and Zuriel Sumintac in the Lightweight Men’s 500-meter, Amelyn Pagulayan in Women’s 500-meter, CJ Jasmin in Lightweight Men’s 2000-meter, and Roque Abala Jr. in Men’s 2000-meter.
Here are the Filipino medalists of the 2023 World Rowing Indoor Championships:
- Gold – Kristine Paraon (19-20 Women’s 2000m)
- Silver – Kristine Paraon (19-20 Women’s 500m)
- Bronze – Cris Nievarez (21-22 Men’s 2000m)
- Bronze – Athens Tolentino (21-22 Lightweight Men’s 500m)
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