2,000 swimmers cross Hong Kong harbour in gruelling race
HONG KONG (AFP) - Two thousand swimmers took to one of the world's busiest waterways in Hong Kong on Sunday to compete in a gruelling cross-harbour contest that traces its roots back more than a century.
Participants aged 12 to 75 raced from the Lei Yue Mun region of the Kowloon Peninsula to Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island, in a course which stretches about 1.5 kilometres.
Thousands of swimmers wearing colourful swimming caps dived into the waters of the iconic Victoria Harbour at 8.30am, replacing the normal waterway traffic of ferries and cargo boats.
For the next three hours, the harbour was dotted with participants swimming against the stunning backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline filled with skyscrapers and mountains lit up by the morning sun.