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What They Were Thinking

Crossing the dragon boat finish line

Zhao Wang (center) celebrates with her teammates on the Chinese Young Professionals after crossing the finish line at the Boston Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Zhao Wang (center) celebrates with her teammates on the Chinese Young Professionals after crossing the finish line at the Boston Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Zhao Wang, 28, a software engineer whose team, the Chinese Young Professionals, celebrated after crossing the finish line at the Chinese Dragon Boat Races on the Charles River on June 9.

Said Wang: “We thought we won but we didn’t. They replayed the video many, many times to see who won first place. We crossed the finish line but the final result was we were .062 behind the first place boat.

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“We were treating ourselves as winners. We were very happy not because we thought we won. That race was our team’s last race and everyone on that boat gave 100% effort.

“During the race we were way behind the other boat but in the second half of the race we caught up. We didn’t notice that because we were paddling and you are not supposed to look at the other boats. We look at each other so we can synch our pace. Our friends on the river and the bridge were yelling at us that we caught them. We had some rhythm going, they were just lucky they got to the finish line a half second before we did.

“I live two different lives at work and after work. I read somewhere that the time spent on water can be deducted from a person’s life. So I enjoy my time on the water.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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