Leaderboards Take Shape At Youth Olympic Games Aug 20
Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014
Three races were completed in the Boys and Girls Byte CII and Techno 293 fleets with the best breeze of the week saving itself for the third day of competition. A northeasterly breeze in between 6-8 knots ensured all of the days scheduled races were completed.
The home crowd had something to cheer about on a packed spectator stand as China's Linli Wu swooped into the lead in the Girls Techno 293 with an exceptional day of racing.
Wu was in fine form and read the conditions on Jinniu Lake to perfection as she won the first race by a convincing margin. A second and a bullet then followed and she sits seven points ahead of Russia's Mariam Sekhposyan, who took the day's other race win, and Lucia Pianazza (FRA). The Russian and French racers are tied on 16 points apiece.
Four years ago Singapore's Audrey Yong claimed a bronze medal for her nation at the 2010 edition of the Youth Olympic Games. Onwards to 2014 and Sue Ying Lim is flying the windsurfing flag for her nation and has taken in some knowledge from the 2010 medallist. "I spoke to her before I came and she told me to just do my best and give my all and not think so much about medal chances,” says Lim. “As long as I do well there's always that chance to win.”
Lim had a steady day on the water, posting a 6-7-6 score line, improving on her opening three races. With sailing an experience like no other, Lim loves the YOG life. "It's a stepping stone up to the Olympic class for every windsurfer,” says Lim. “The Youth Olympics is awesome to make new friends and come together as one and have friendly match as well. It's a different atmosphere compared to other regattas. I'm just focusing on the racing and I did pretty well today.”
Very little separates the Boys Techno 293 fleet with 11 points splitting Maxim Tokarev (RUS) in top spot and Kensei Ikeda (JPN) in eighth.
Argentina’s Francisco Saubidet Birkner is second overall, a point off Tokarev and from the six race series he has taken three bullets.
With the fleet tight and competition tough Israel's Yoav Omer, who is fourth overall, is thriving in it. "I'm enjoying the competition,” says Omer. “The competition is so good. The judges and the race committee are really good and I am happy.”
Odile Van Aanholt (NED) has a slender lead over Singapore's Samantha Yom following three Byte CII races. Van Aanholt posted an 8-8-2 scoreline to Yom's 2-2-11 and is four points clear. Carolina Albano (ITA) is third overall, 23 points off Van Aanholt.
Singapore's Bernie Chin had an exceptional day of racing to take the Boys Byte CII lead. The Singaporean recorded a 1-5-3 score line to overthrown Brazil's Pedro Correa and lead him by four points. Portugal's Rodolfo Pires remains in contention and is seven points off Chin.
Having lost races due to light breeze the race committee will look to catch up on Thursday 21 August. There will be one Byte CII Boys and Girls race and the Techno 293 fleets will follow with two further races.
Race results and overall rankings: