The dragon boat race getting intense
Updated: 2014-06-10

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Evenly matched teams struggling in the heat of competition, at Tong Hai Lake, on June 7.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Shanghai held its international students Dragon Boat Race, on June 7, on the Tong Hai Lake, in the city of Shanghai, with the East China Normal University team bringing in the fastest time, followed closely by the Fudan team, in second, and Tongji in third place.

The competition began with a qualifying session, where the qualifying time was 55 seconds, one second ahead of the final result of last year’s champion.

In commenting on this, the head of the Fudan crew said somewhat worriedly, “Everybody was incredibly competitive this year so we only came in second in the semi-finals.”

Then there were the finals, with only eight teams left to compete.

The Shanghai dragon boat race has been an annual way to celebrate the country’s dragon boat festival, since 2008, with hundreds of international students getting involved. This year, the 200-meter race attracted a total of 25 teams representing 26 Shanghai universities, and two more than last year.

The organizer of the event is East China University of Science and Technology, with sponsorship from the city’s education commission.

By Zhen Wang and edited by Roger Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

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