Both the San-fa Automobile Company Dragon Boat team and the Hsintien Community Representative team coasted to relatively easy victories in the men's and women's finals, respectively, at the Ninth Annual Taipei County Congressional Cup Dragon Boat Race Championships held yesterday at Bitan in Hsintien City.
\nThe Hsintien Community Representative team, consisting of high school students from Taipei County's Ming-teh High School, won a clear victory over their rivals, the Taipei County Aboriginal Women's Club, with a combined time over two laps of roughly twelve seconds.
\nThe San-fa automobile team hailing from Ilan had a tougher time than the top women's team, having had an exhausting day clawing their way up through the largest division and competing in five races before their final match.
\nEven so, they still posted a clear win over their opponents, the Taipei City Fire Department.
\nThe Ilan County "Brotherhood" team came in third; and the Fu Jen Catholic University "Flying Dragons" took fourth.
\nIn the women's competition the Taipei County Aboriginal Women's Club took second.
\nWinner of the mixed team division was the Taipei County Sports Federation. Hung Hsiao-wei (洪筱崴), a paddler from the winning Hsintien Community Representative team was thrilled with the victory.
\n"Taking first place was a wonderful feeling, especially after all of the hard work and effort that we put into practicing for the races. It was good to see that it all paid off in the end. I just hope we can pull a repeat performance next weekend in the Taipei City races."
\nChen Shu-mei (
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