National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, 27 August 2017 – Singapore secured a gold, silver and bronze medal on Day 7 of sailing competition in the double-handed dinghies classes.
Yukie Yokoyama and Cheryl Teo won gold in the women’s 470, beating the defending champions, Malaysia in a photo finish. Going into the medal race, Singapore had the lead in the net points, but had to finish ahead of the Malaysians to ensure that they would take home the gold.
However, a bad start had the team trailing throughout the race – as much as 20 metres at one point. The gold medal seemed to be slipping out of their grasp, but the pair never gave up and kept pushing the Malaysians into making errors on the final upwind leg.
At the finish line, it was Singapore who crossed the line half a boat length ahead of the Malaysians to take the gold!
For the men’s 470, Daniel Ian Toh and Xavier Ng missed out on bronze as they finished fifth in the medal race. They had to finish ahead of the Philippines who eventually ended the medal race in fourth. The 16-year-old pair finished fourth overall.
Jodie Lai and Evangeline Tan took home the silver medal as they finished the medal race in first place. With Malaysia well ahead in the points, they needed to finish two places ahead of the locals to claim gold. It was always a tall ask, but they certainly tried their best to reel in the Malaysians, who ended the race just behind Singapore.
Singapore’s second bronze of the games came from Koh Yinian and Wong Riji. Heading into the medal race in second in the standings, they needed to stay ahead of the Thai team to take the silver medal. However, the Thais took the lead in the downwind leg and held on. Although the Singaporeans tried to make up the lost ground, they finished one boat length behind the Thais.
Overall, Singapore now have 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze after the team races early in the competition.
Tomorrow brings the second batch of medal races with the windsurfers taking centre stage. Nicole Lim managed to maintain her third position in the overall women’s RS:One standings after finishing fourth and third in today’s two races. She will be fighting for the bronze medal with only three points between third and fifth.
Day 7 also saw the Laser Standard, Laser Radial Men’s and Women’s and the Optimist competing. For more results, please see: https://sailing.org.sg/sea-games-2017/results-and-schedule/