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Theme Tens of Thousands of swimmers overcome difficulties; more than 20,000 swimmers enter the water to take the challenge
Bureau Nantou County Government
Date of Announcement 2018-10-17
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    Nantou County’s annual event, the Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival, opens on the 16th. Due to the lifeboat flotilla having been blown away by strong winds, the organizer urgently dispatched a lifeboat to assist the flotilla to return to its position, and swimmers were delayed for about 2 hours before entering the waters. This year, a total of 2,123 teams from 44 countries and 21,996 domestic and foreign swimmers signed up for participation. The 3km long line of swimmer on the surface of the lake was quite spectacular.

    The Swimming Carnival was kicked off by former President Ma Ying-Jeou, former Vice-President Wu Den-Yih, and the County Magistrate Lin Ming-chen, among others. The president’s baby fish release brewing campaign kicked off, symbolizing the endless stream of reservoir ecology; followed by the opening ceremony and gun salute at the Zhaowu Pier, the swimming challenge started. Also on the 15th, there was the 4th Sun Moon Lake Open Water Swimming Championships competition group at the Ita Shao Pier. 84 players challenged the 5km long swimming challenge. Wind and rain were present and competitors were affected by the wind and waves. The champion still reached the finish line under an hour; the men's team champion was Zhuo Cheng Qi, with a score of 53 minutes and 29 seconds 168. The women's team champion was Fang Xin Yi, with a score of 59 minutes and 51 seconds 398.

    When County Magistrate Lin made a speech on the 16th, he apologized to all the swimmers. Due to the impact of periphery of Typhoon Mangkhut, the waterline and flotilla on the waterway were blown away by level 10 strong winds in the middle of the night. The staff had quickly re-drawn the waterline and delayed the activity for safety. He reminded the swimmers to swim as much as possible on the right side of the waterline and if feeling unwell, to immediately rest on the flotilla.

    The former president Ma joked that his performance in the Swimming Carnival was a state secret, and state that the contestants who participated in the swimming carnival could not swim too fast, nor could they swim too slowly, too fast would be speeding, and too slow would violate the regulations. You can't swim faster than him, nor can you swim slower than him. The unique Ma jokes made the swimmers waiting feel a lot more comfortable.

    The first person to come ashore was a Xintai Junior High School student named Gao De Yi from Xin Zhuang District, New Taipei City. He was only 12 years old and he was quite out of breath after landing. He said that he came with his father today and it was his first time participating in the Swimming Carnival, and remarked that the water temperature is moderate.

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