China wins top 3 places in obstacle course of "Seaborne Assault" competition

China Military Online
Huang Panyue
Referees from various countries double-check the competition facilities. ( by Yan Pei)

QUANZHOU, FUJIAN, July 31 (ChinaMil) -- The obstacle course, the first stage of the “Seaborne Assault” competition of the International Army Games (IAG) 2018, kicked off at 9 a.m. on Monday in Quanzhou city of southeast China's Fujian province.

Thirteen Marine Corps squads from five countries including Iran, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela and China participated in the heated competition to win the “Best Marine Corps Squad” award.

Man-made obstacles such as communication trenches, concrete walls, barbed wires, inclined ladders and others were set up at the competition terrain.

Colonel Chen Sheng, a Chinese referee, introduced that the total length of the obstacle course is 1,200 meters with 19 obstacles. This obstacle course includes a 600-meter obstacle area and a 600-meter sprint area and each participant must do one entire lap.

The contest is very close to real combat and is designed to test both individual and coordinated obstacle-crossing skills of the participants, Chen said.

After seven rounds of fierce competition, three Marine Corps squads from China secured the top three places in the obstacle course with 7 minutes and 51 seconds, 7 minutes and 58 seconds, and 8 minutes and 35 seconds, respectively.

The “Seaborne Assault” event of the International Army Games 2018 consists of three stages -- obstacle course, survival trail and relay race. The defining feature of the competition is very close to real combat.

The referee committee of the competition held a referee meeting after the obstacle course. At the meeting, referees from around the world spoke highly of the performance of the Chinese teams. They unanimously agreed with the results of the competition and signed the minutes of the meeting.

(By Yan Pei, Shang Wenbin, and Qiu Hongli)

Chinese participants cross stone walls during the obstacle course. ( by Yan Pei)

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