Dragon-boaters out to end 20-year drought

Dragon-boaters out to end  20-year drought

SINGAPORE- It has been 20 years since a Singaporean traditional boat racing team stood on the SEA Games medal podium.

But the national men's team are aiming to put an end to that barren run when the biennial competition starts at the Ngalike Dam in Myanmar.

After going through a three-week centralised training camp, they have set themselves a bronze-medal target in each of the three events they will be participating in - the 500m, 1,000m (10-man crew) and the 500m (five-man crew).

Said team manager Derick Tan: "We are in good shape, training hard, and we are aiming for podium finishes."

Hosts Myanmar are expected to dominate the races, having clinched nine of the 10 golds on offer at the previous Games in Indonesia.

Singapore have not won a medal at the SEA Games since winning the 10-man crew 800m event in 1993 at home. Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand also traditionally rank above Singapore in terms of results.

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