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For Mongolians, this regatta is uncharted water

Tuvshinzaya Gantulga (left) and Dulguun Baasandavaa are in the championship doubles.
Tuvshinzaya Gantulga (left) and Dulguun Baasandavaa are in the championship doubles. Credit: lane turner/globe staff

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Back home in Ulaanbaatar there was no word for what they do. So Dulguun Baasandavaa and Tuvshinzaya Gantulga had to invent one — “Urt Seluurt Zavi”. “Long-oar boating”, says Gantulga. Mongolians are terrific wrestlers and boxers and judokas but they don’t sweep and they don’t scull. Until Baasandavaa and Gantulga formed it there was no Mongolian Rowing Association and they are its only members. On Saturday, the two former US collegians will make their competitive debut in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Since they’re too old for the youth double and too young for the master events and don’t qualify for the other doubles races, the 28-year-old Baasandavaa and 25-year-old Gantulga will be lining up in the championship event with the Americans and Canadians.

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