• Short Summary

    Kowloon Pier, British outpost on mainland China, is the starting point for the Oct 19 annual cross-harbour swimming race ending at Hongkong Island's Queen's Pier.

  • Description

    Kowloon Pier, British outpost on mainland China, is the starting point for the Oct 19 annual cross-harbour swimming race ending at Hongkong Island's Queen's Pier. The race attracts swimmers of both sexes - and was an irresistible event to 67-year-old competitor Man Kong-Chi.

    As the starter says 'Go', 384 competitors plunge into the sea in waves. Weather conditions were near perfect for this year's race - and there was no current, which, incidentally upset the calculations of many a swimmer including the hot favourite.

    Accompanying the swimmers were police launches, marine police in rowing boats, press and camera launches.

    Queen's Pier - finishing point - was jampacked with an eager crows waiting to greet the winner. They saw a rank outside making his way to the Pier with powerful crawl strokes, a hundred yards ahead of the next man. A hushed silence broke into big applause when 17-year-old student Ho Han-Yan came up the steps, the new cross harbour champion.

    In the women's section 15-year-old student Esther Ki - the winner - bettered her own last year's record of 23 min. 18.4 seconds with her new timing of 22 min. 37.4 secs.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9959BN48Y64LIF2CARVEX5EVK
    Media URN:
    VLVA9959BN48Y64LIF2CARVEX5EVK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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