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.
MLS Kowloon railway station - tilt to marine police - pan to Hongkong Queen's Pier.
MS Girl competitors.
MS 67-year-old competitor Man Kong Chi.
LS Competitors plunging into sea.
MS Second wave.
MS Competitors in sea.
PAN Of see with launches etc.,
People in launches watching.
MLS Queen's Pier (finishing point).
MLS Swimmer near pier Ho Han Yan.
MS Ho wins race.
MS Girl swimmer Esther Ki coming up.
MS Ho climbs step.
Girl winner Esther Ki.
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Background: 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.