Update from World Championships

Had a quick email from Ben down in Sydney yesterday. World Championships finished on Sunday, and the US guys did great.

From Ben:
got a few minutes online, sorry if i missed some in the email. kick ass. we won 1000m open, 2000m open, 500m mix and 5th in 200m open. catch yinz lata.
Yet to get any update from Stef, or Robin from SCD, but it sounds like they all had a blast.
Full results can be seen on the Aussie Site for the World Championships.
Easier to read results can be found on dragonboatnetwork.com as can a summary medal count (not verified) and a wonderful collection of photos from all four days of racing is here.

Above is one I found with our Ben sitting in the engine-room of the US Men's boat - cool or what?!


Blogger Nat said...

I love how Ben actually looks somewhat petite next to those beasts he's paddling with--there is a WHOLE LOT of power in that boat. Holy smokes! Congrats to all the US teams, and especially to the amazing paddlers from Pittsburgh who did us all proud down under :)

4:05 PM, September 24, 2007  
Blogger Tifosodibirra said...

Congrats to Ben for the triple gold performance in Sydney! Definitely an awesome achievement...

Note to Jonathan...the summary medal count is definitely incorrect, because it doesn't include the results for most, if not all, of the Grand Dragons races, which were best two times out of three races (except for the 1000 & 2000 meter races, which were based on a single race). One of our team members raced in Sydney and is bringing home two silvers and two bronzes from the Grand Dragons mixed and open races.

12:18 AM, September 25, 2007  
Blogger Jonathan said...

ah, thanks for clarifying - yeah, wasn't entirely sure that the medal table looked accurate. That said, the Ozzie site giving the results is so poorly laid out, that it's difficult to tell who won what where!

How's things on the West Coast?

7:28 AM, September 25, 2007  
Blogger Tifosodibirra said...

Things are good on the West Coast...our official dragon boat racing season is over, so it's back to twice per week practices. No medals for our masters team at our SF race last weekend (perhaps the very unseasonal rain showers were an omen for us). Spent some time with a couple of Wall Street Dragons who were paddling for Miami Red Dragons this weekend (we were their host team), and the conversation turned to upcoming world championship competitions...I hear that the 2008 US Championships will be in Long Beach (unconfirmed on USDBF's website)...any thoughts of sending a few P-fish to the West Coast for that? Also, Ben Lau (one of the Wall Street Dragons) mentioned the P-fish regarding Penang...but I forget which division. I get confused about this point system you East Coasters use...math wasn't my strong suit. We might have a few DragonMax team members in Penang, depending on what happens with one of the local masters women's teams, but the best I'll be able to do is be a spectator... :-)

8:47 AM, September 25, 2007  
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8:19 PM, September 25, 2007  

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