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New Oriental Foreign Language rowing club claims Junior's Eight title


09-17-2016 16:01 BJT

We move to the water for the inaugural Head of the royal canal open regatta. The first day of the rowing competition took place at Daoxiang Lake in Northwest Beijing on Saturday where five different categories of paddlers went head to head over 1000 meters.

The rowers would compete in a total of seventy different races on the first day of action. One of the more competitive events was the 1000 meter race in the Women's Eight for Universities category.

New Zealand's University of Otago rowing team faced off against Hong Kong University in the final and the Kiwi's showed their prowess on the water by building up a big advantage by the halfway point before going on to win in a time of 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

The New Oriental Foreign Language rowing club emerged as champions in the Junior's Eight event after the youngsters beat out Beijing Renmin University high school.

"My athletes have been training for four or five years each...keep training, it takes many years," said Glen Sinclair, University of Otago Team manager.

"...It will attract more and more teams to come to Beijing to race together," said Florence Peng, University of Hong Kong rower.

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