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Out in front: The Skrine Dragons finished with a big lead
SKRINE Dragons won the second edition of Skrine Regatta: Paddling for Charity Dragon Boat Race, and did it with just two seconds to spare. Such was the fine line between victory and defeat.
KPMG Vikings, who finished runners-up, had given the winners a tough time as they went head-to-head in the grand final, before Skrine Dragons summoned their deep reserves to win by a whisker.
Skrine Dragons paddler Lee Shih, who also served as their team coach as well as organising committee chairman, said winning the title came as a surprise as both KPMG Vikings and PwC Dragons were strong contenders prior to the race.
“It was pure guts and grit to have the top-three teams battling out in the grand final and we are delighted to have won it,” said Lee.
“I believe it was our experience that led us to victory as some of us are frequent paddlers and participated in several dragon boat races before,” he added at the race site — the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex in Precinct 6.
Six corporate teams, including the HSBC Waterlions, EY Tritons and Bursa Bulls, participated in the 350m-race where each team had to go through two heats.
The three teams with the fastest time average progressed to the grand final, while the other teams competed in the minor final.
In the grand final, the Skrine Dragons, KPMG Vikings and PwC Dragons started out strongly, although Skrine Dragons did open up a slight edge before KPMG
Vikings and maintained through to the end.
The Skrine Dragons took the honours with a time of 1min 32.5sec, while KPMG Vikings trailed home at 1:34.2, followed by PwC Dragons at 1:37.4.
KPMG Vikings captain Lim Jit Cheng said the team performed well and added that he was not too upset with the outcome.
“We formed a scratch team and practised only four times before the race. It is our personal best to clock 1:34.2 compared to our training, which mostly exceeded two minutes,” said the 47-year-old executive director of KPMG.
In the minor finals, EY Tritons edged out HSBC Waterlions by 1.3sec as they completed the race in 1:40:7. The Bursa Bulls took third, having clocked 1:53.5.
Lee, the organising committee chairman, said each team contributed RM5,000 as a participation fees, and as a result, the proceeds form the event would be donated to
the National Autism Society of Malaysia.
“This dragon boat race is the only type of corporate dragon boating event of its kind in Malaysia,” he said, adding that he planned to organise the race annually.
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