KOTA KINABALU: The Pertubuhan Peladang Tuaran team, comprising a bunch of fishermen from Kg. Mengkabong, clinched the main event of the 23rd Sabah Dragon Boat Race 2008 by taking the Sabah Head of State Trophy at Likas Bay here yesterday.
Racing under an intermittent drizzle, the team powered by 18 rowers won the race by a neck in 3min 52sec ahead of Terayung from Tuaran which came in second place clocking a second more.
Last year’s winner Pasukan Kebangsaan Negara Brunei Darusallam took the third place in 3min 54sec.
The winners respectively took home RM4,000, RM2,500 and RM1,000 plus medals.
PPT team manager Abdullah Hj Awang when met after the prize presentation ceremony said they had prepared for the race for two weeks by focusing on improving their strength and stamina through jogging and weightlifting.
“All of us earn a living as fishermen, so we have no problem with the weather, and furthermore we are very familiar with the sea.
“We gathered together for the last two weeks to have regular training to improve our stamina. Our main concern was to beat the Brunei team because last year they out-rowed us into second place,” said Abdullah.
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