​Woman, 54, takes on all-male teams in boat racing

By Zou Shuo | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-06-10 16:25
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People participate in the annual dragon boat racing in Miluo, Hunan province, to commemorate the Dragon Boat Festival on Monday. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

With family and friends cheering on, 54-year-old Weng Yanping said she felt electric and energized to paddle the dragon boat to compete in the annual race in her hometown of Miluo, Hunan province, on Monday.

Weng and another 21 all-female members, with the average age of over 40 participated in the competition held in the Miluo River to commemorate the Dragon Boat Festival.

Each team consists of 22 members—20 paddlers, one drummer, and one helmsman.

They competed with 19 other all-male teams in a 500-meter race and finished last, but Weng said she was excited and satisfied.

The women's team was founded in 1988, and she has been a member since then and participated in the race every year.

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