Today one of Hong Kong’s most iconic sporting events of the year took place. About 1,800 brave swimmers participated in the “New World Harbour Race 2012” and “The 5th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships”.
The cross harbour race was one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated events for 70 years until it got banned due to bad water quality in the late 1970s. The “New World Harbour Race 2012” revived its tradition last year and launched its 2nd edition of the traditional swimming race across Victoria Harbour this year.
Swimming enthusiasts had to get up early this morning to compete in the challenging annual harbour race across Victoria Harbour. Starting point was the Public Pier in Lei Yue Mun Sam Ka Tsuen. The contestants have been eagerly waiting for this iconic sport event of the year and couldn’t wait to get in the water to cross the 1.5km long swim. The first batch of swimming enthusiasts hit the water around 8:30 am this morning and attracted young and old ranging from 12 to 78 years. Last year’s winner Ling Tin-yu (19 years old) grabbed his chance to repeat his success of the Men’s Open Race 2011 and won this year’s race with a stunning time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds.