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In a scintillating display of rowing prowess, the Kumarakom Boat club led by Sunny Jacob, which rowed the Vellamkulamgara snakeboat, inched out VBC Edathua, which rowed Valiya Divanji Boat, to the second place in the finals of the snakeboat category. VBC was captained by Bency Moonnuthycal.
The Town Boat Club, Kumarakom, led by Raju Vadakkedath, which rowed Alappad Puthen Chundan finished third and United Boat Club, Kainakary, led by M. K. Thampan, which rowed the Champakkulam boat. finished fourth.
The losers' final in the snakeboat category also witnessed tough competition. In this category, Navajeevan Boat Club, Arpookkara West, which rowed the Nadubhagom boat finished first. The second place went to Alappuzha Town Boat Club which rowed the Karichal snakeboat. Nattakam Boat Club which contested in Aanary Puthen Chundan finished third and Kuttanad Boat Club which contested in the Cheruthana boat finished fourth in the losers' final.
In the second loser's final which featured the boats which finished third in the first round, Thyamkari Boat Club, which contested in Aayaparambu Pandi, finished first. In the third loser's final in which the boats which finished fourth in the preliminary round contested Kavalam Boat Club which rowed Kavalam boat finished first.
Altogether 16 snake boats contested in the competitions. Though the race had to be postponed by more than a month because of the Kumarakom boat tragedy, the number of spectators did not show any steep fall.
Competitions were also held in other categories of boats like Veppu, Iruttukuthi, Churulan and Thekkan Odi.
In the Veppu A-grade finals, Aaimanam Darshini Boat Club, which rowed the Kottapparamban boat, finished first.
The second place in this category went to Junior Kainakary Boat Club which rowed the Jai Shot boat.
Pranavam Boat Club, Champakkulam, which rowed the Thuruthithara boat emerged winners in the Iruttukuthi-A grade category.
In the Thekkan Odi category of boats rowed by women, Punnamada Vanitha Boat Club which rowed the Kattil Thekkethil boat emerged the winner.
The Revenue Minister, K. M. Mani, distributed the prizes to the winners.
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