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Water dragons: The opening of the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race at the Teluk Bahang Dam.
GEORGE TOWN: The Navy Paddlers Club rowed their way to clinch two of the top accolades in the Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2013 held at the Teluk Bahang Dam here.
The team, which consisted of Royal Malaysian Navy personnel, emerged champions in the Malaysia Premier Open and International Premier Open categories which they finished with a time of 2:09.10 and 2:06.43, respectively.
“The hard work and rigorous training that we put in definitely paid off. We were only nine milliseconds ahead of the team from the Singapore Institute of Management for the International Premier Open.
“We trained everyday for more than eight hours at the Lumut Navy Base in Perak,” said the team’s secretary Lt Cdr Kamid Sulaiman.
Thailand also made a big sweep, conquering the International Junior Under-23 Open, International Junior Under-23 Mixed, International Pre-mier Women and the International Premier Mixed categories.
Penang Forward Sports Club-A emerged champion for the International Senior Under-40 Open.
State Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said it was a neck-to-neck battle between all the participants.
“It is also good to note that almost half of the participating teams were from other countries with Singapore sending seven teams here,” he said, adding that he hoped for more teams next year.
On safety measures which were been beefed up this year, Law said the number of racing officials at the starting point were reduced and barricades were set up at the cliffs.
The two-day competition, which started on Saturday, saw the participation of 30 teams including 13 from Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Hong Kong.
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