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    TSIMSHATSUI EAST, HONG KONG

    The Chinese crew from Dong Guan set a record time in the final of the international Dragon Boat races in Hong Kong on June 10.

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    1. GV EXTERIOR Spectators gathering at harbour edge for start of race 0.04
    2. SV Cheer-leader 0.09
    3. SVs Dong Guan team of China (Boat No. 5, green T-shirts) and others performing warm-up exercises(2 shots) 0.24
    4. CU PULL BACK TO SV Australian team warming up (2 shots) 0.35
    5. GV ZOOM INTO SV & SVs Boat carrying supporters of various teams: Australia, Macau and China (3 shots) 0.49
    6. GV & SV Boats setting off at start of final (2 shots) 1.00
    7. SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Dong Guan's boat colliding with another vessel moments before end of race 1.18
    8. SV Photographers on shore 1.20
    9. SVs Boat sinking and competitors being rescued by soldiers in rubber dinghies (2 shots) 1.32
    10. SVs & GV End-of-race ceremony in which teams receive flags before sailing away (3 shots) 1.50
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    SPORT: DRAGON BOAT RACING
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TSIMSHATSUI EAST, HONG KONG

    The Chinese crew from Dong Guan set a record time in the final of the international Dragon Boat races in Hong Kong on June 10. They covered the 640-metres course in two minutes 27 seconds. The races, on the lumpy water of Hong Kong harbour attracted 14 overseas crews, mostly sponsored by airlines and businesses. The special 11 1/2-metre boats have dragons heads and are paddled by up to twenty rowers guided by a steersman. A drummer in the bows beats out a rhythm which sometimes raises the stroke rate to over 80-a-minute. The Dong Guan boat was involved in a collision shortly before the finish, but despite this went on to win. Just one second behind them, in 2.28 was another Chinese boat, from Shun De. Third were the oarsmen from the United States Rowing Association. A team from the United Kingdom's Amateur Rowing Association was eighth. Dragon boats are capable of great bursts of speed, but are also prone to water-logging. The races are an old Chinese custom to appease the dragon which controls the waters to ensure plentiful rain for crops. They commemorate the death of the Chou Dynasty poet Chu Yuan, who cast himself into the Mi Lo River as his final protest against corruption in high places. Fishermen tried to recover his body by throwing rice into the water to succour his spirit, and beating the water with paddles to prevent fish from devouring him.

    Source: REUTERS - GARY LING

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FH606FR9BRYAEOO54XDXF5GW
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FH606FR9BRYAEOO54XDXF5GW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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