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Swimming race in 'most beautiful' Penghu bay attracts all ages

2018/09/23 18:29:31

Chu Ming-chuan (朱明全)

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) A swimming competition held in Penghu Bay on Sunday attracted competitors of all ages to the site recognized by an international organization as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

The youngest among the 474 participants in the 5,000-meter race was 10-year-old Lin Yu-yu (林宥諭), who completed the race together with her mother Lin Hui-ping (林惠萍) in 3 hours and 20 minutes. The oldest participant was 80-year-old Hung Tieh-nan (洪鐵男).

In the race that took swimmers across Penghu Bay from a harbor on Siyu Island to the bay area near downtown Magong, 61-year-old Penghu resident Chu Ming-chuan (朱明全) won the men's division in a time of 1:45:27.42.

He won by a mere .08 seconds over Chen Shun-hsu (陳順序), while Kao Wu-chin (高悟晉) took third another eight seconds behind the winner.

Liao Wan-hui (廖婉惠) from Keelung City won the women's division with a time of 2:16:02, about 13 minutes faster than runner-up Joy Lee (李詹瑩).

The competition was part of the 2018 Most Beautiful Bay Carnival in Penghu held to coincide with the 14th World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club being held in the island county this year.

The carnival consists of a series of events, including a "Worldwide Ocean Cities Exposition," that will run until Oct. 31. The 14th Congress is being held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.

Penghu County was accepted in 2012 as a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, which was established in France in 1997.

According to the nongovernmental organization, it currently has 41 bays as members and aims to promote exchanges of experiences among members leading to protection policies and the conservation and sustainable development of the bays.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)