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More than 20,000 people swim across Sun Moon Lake

More than 20,000 people swim across Sun Moon Lake

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Tens of thousands of people took part in the annual Sun Moon Lake swim on Sunday. The lake, located in the central county of Nantou, is the largest fresh water lake in Taiwan. A total of 20,391 participants, including 173 physically challenged swimmers, attempted the 3,000-meter from Chaowu Pier (??) to Ita Thao Wharf Pier (???) at the 33rd Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival, organizers said. Most of the participants came to enjoy themselves, some fastened balloons to their bodies while others took selfies swimming or played with friends. Vice President Wu Den-yih (???) attended the opening ceremony and wished the swimmers health and happiness. The event was inaugurated in 1983, when Wu was county magistrate. Some 1,985 international swimmers from 33 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, took part in the event, according to Nantou County government. In addition, more than 400 firefighters and lifeguards were posted on over 20 boats to assist any swimmers who got into difficulties, organizers said. The First Sun Moon Lake Open Water Swimming Competition, over 3,000m and 5,000m, was held on Saturday. (By Hsiao Po-yang and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-27 05:40 GMT+08:00