National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, 29 August 2017 – Singapore had a prosperous final day of sailing as they bagged 2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronzes from the single-handed dinghy classes. They round up the 2017 SEA Games sailing competition with 4 golds, 2 silvers, and 5 bronzes
The wind came in just before noon and continued to blow steadily throughout the day, allowing the medal races to be completed on time.
Ryan Lo and Jillian Lee took home the men’s Laser Standard and women’s Laser Radial respectively while Bernie Chin consolidated his second-place standing to claim the silver medal in the men’s Laser Radial. The Optimists had a good day as well with Radiance Koh, in the girls’ category, and Max Victor Teo, in the boys’, both taking home the bronze.
Heading into the medal race with a four-point lead at the top of the standings, Ryan Lo needed to stay in front of his closest rivals, the Malaysians, or finish just one place behind him – nothing more. Things got interesting when the Thai representative took an early lead in the medal race with Ryan and the Malaysian right up there at the top.
After a tussle between the three sailors throughout the race, the Thais came out top, finishing first, but Ryan’s second-place finish was enough to take the gold medal.
This was Ryan’s second gold of the Games after he won the Laser Standard Team Racing category with Bernie Chin and Mark Wong.
There was much less drama in the women’s Laser Standard, with Jillian Lee winning gold by finishing the medal race comfortably in second. She had a six-point lead and needed to avoid finishing the medal race last to win the gold medal.
For Jillian, she was motivated to race well in the individual category to make up for the disappointment of finishing second in the Laser Radial Team Racing. A gold medal in the individual category certainly went some way to make these games a successful one for the debutant.
Christian Chua, team manager of the SEA Games team, shared, “”Overall, I think it was a successful outing for this young squad – 11 out of 13 debutants medalled at these games. It was a solid competition and we are blessed with the support from Singaporeans and the support team. Success of this regatta is really credit to a team effort.”
“The Asian Games is 12 months away and we look ahead to that. As a federation we’re always looking to perform on the world stage. After these results, we’re hopeful for things to come, especially since this is a young squad at this Games.”
For full results, see https://sailing.org.sg/sea-games-2017/results-and-schedule/