DAVAO City's Julie Ann Abatay Biadnes formed part of the Cobra-Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) that clinched two gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the just-concluded first International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Dragon Boat World Cup in Fuzhou, China.

Cobra-PDBF bagged the premier mixed 100 meter standard gold with a time of 23.445 seconds while Canada (23:825) placed second, China (24.049) third and Hong Kong 925.127) fourth.

The Filipinos doubled the feat by pocketing the premier mixed 500m standard gold after registering two minutes and 03.693 seconds, besting China (2:03.941), Canada (2:04.553) and the United States (2:04.709) that wounded up in the next three spots.

Cobra-PDBF's took a silver in 200m mixed and a bronze in 400m relay event.

In the over-all ranking, Cobra-PDBF finished second over-all while host China emerged champion.

"Masayangm asaya po ako kasi napanood kong itinataas ang bandilang Pilipinas ng dalawang beses nung araw pa talagang Independence Day natin. Masarap ang pakiramdam na maging parte ng tim na nagbibigay ng karangalan sa bansa," the 31-year-old HRM graduate of the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday.

Biadnes, a middle paddler, said life has never been the same since she joined the national team in 2005. She had competed with the nationals in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia in past international meets.

She, however, said the World Cup double victory was sweet as it was the inaugural staging of the competition.

She also said they barely trained one week for the tournament as they also competed in the Asian Championships in Macau, just one week away from the World Cup where the men's team annexed a gold. Last month, Biadnes and the women's team saw action in Singapore where they salvaged a silver.

"Selection kasi kami. Hindi talaganagkaroonngsapatnapanahonparasabay-sabaykaming mag-train peromabuti at naging united parin kami sa competition," the Kabacan, Matina resident said.

Biadnes is the eldest in the brood of five. Their mother died on her fifth grade and their father also passed away in 2002. The siblings were taken cared of by their aunt Diday, their mom's sister.

She welcomed the good reception that dragonboat has been receiving here after the city hosted a dragon boat competition as part of the Davao City Summer Sports for Peace Festival. "Nag-join din akoperonakisaliakosa Team Triton Pho at nag-second kami."

She's happy that Dabawenyos welcome dragonboat as a sport, adding, "Masayang-masayaakonanagsisimulanaringtanggapinngmgakababayankosa Davao angdragonboat. Willing akongmagturodyankungkakailanganinako."

Biadnes, however, started as a volleyball player but she tried out for the dragon boat national team sometime in 2005 and qualified. She's based at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex since then and comes homes every December.