Kowloon, the British outpost on mainland China, is the November 6 starting point for Hong Kong's annual cross harbour swimming race.
TILT DOWN.. Canton Railway Pier, Kowloon to competitors.
MS Two youngest competitors, Alan Wheeler 12 and sister Elizabeth, nine.
CU Oldest competitor, Kon Chi, 68.
7 1/2 ft
MS Of boats in harbour, Hong Kong in background.
8 1/2 ft
12 1/2 ft
MS Police rescue boat.
LS Swimmers in harbour.
LS Boat escort.
23 1/2 ft
LS Crowd on Queen's Pier, Hong Kong.
25 1/2 ft
LS Of winner towards pier.
Boats at finishing line.
LS Wan Shin Ming across line.
31 1/2 ft
Crowd on pier.
32 1/2 ft
LS Second, third to finishing line.
41 1/2 ft
3 winners up steps at pier.
46 1/2 ft
Winner gets cup.
50 1/2 ft
MS Crowd claps.
52 1/2 ft
MS Girl winner.
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Background: Kowloon, the British outpost on mainland China, is the November 6 starting point for Hong Kong's annual cross harbour swimming race. The race, over one mile, ends at Queen's Pier.
It attracts a big crowd every year, .... and this time there were three hundred and ninety three competitors. Oldest competitor was Kon Chi, aged sixty eight .. and the youngest, Elizabeth Wheeler aged nine, and her brother Alan, aged twelve.
More than four thousand people crowded Kowloon Pier to watch the start ... and another five thousand lined Queen's Pier for the finish.
During the race about fifty competitors dropped out, and were rescued by the fleet of small craft crowding the harbour. Eventually it was Wan Shin Ming ... who won the race. His time was eighteen minutes thirty three point seven seconds ... and he had a margin of almost fifty yards. Second was Ng Kwong, and third Ho Hon Yan.
While being presented with their prizes, the first of the women competitors crossed the finishing line. It was Miss Esther Ki Fung Ha ... and it was her second successive cross harbour championship. Her time was twenty one point five two seconds. Esther is only fifteen, and she beat last year's record by thirty eight seconds.