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University dragon boat race kicks off in Hangzhou


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The inaugural International Elite Universities Dragon Boat Race kicked off in east Hangzhou’s Jinsha Lake on March 27, with 15 college teams vying for the top honors.

The 2018 dragon boat race has drawn student-athletes from 15 renowned universities, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Oxford, China’s C9 League Universities, Tongji University and the University of Macau.

The competition consists of heats, repechages, semi-finals and finals. Each team can have at most 14 members, including a team leader, a coach, a drummer, a steersperson and 10 paddlers. The final race has been scheduled to take place on the afternoon of March 28.

As a joint host of this event, ZJU has a large student body taking interest in water sports. XU Yaping, world champion in women’s canoe and full-time coach at the University, has helped to bring to a new level the popularity of canoe and kayak on campus.

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