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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Open Water Swimming From Taiwan To China

Teenager Ling Kou-yen and Deborah Kuo reported from Taipei that Ling Tienyu of Hong Kong won the 7K swim Kinmen-Xiamen Long-distance Swimming between Taiwan and China in 1:34:0, only three seconds ahead of Taiwan's Pan Kai-wen and five seconds ahead of Lin Yange of China. Hong Kong's Tang Natasha Sze won the women's race in an event that attracted 90 swimmers from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The unique international swim between Shuangkou on the Taiwan-held island of Little Kinmen and Yefengzhai in China's coastal city of Xiamen was the second year it was held.

Political preparations for this race can be read here.

Yu Feng, a 53-year-old swimmer from China, also competed with the younger, faster swimmers, but even has greater goals. "Next time, I will participate in the more challenging [180K] relay swim across the Taiwan Strait [between Taiwan and mainland China]."

Information in Chinese here.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming understands the race organizers really want to make this event a major competition on the global calendar. Open water swimming appears to be on the forefront of entering a borderless world.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones

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