Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Singapore Scoops Gold In Byte CII Class


Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom took double gold for Singapore winning both the Girl's and Boy's Byte CII class Youth Olympic Games titles in Nanjing, China .

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Girl’s Byte CII

Going into the final race, Samantha Yom (SIN) trailed Odile van Aanholt (NED) by four points and knew the challenge ahead was a tough one. Racing in a steady 4-5 knot easterly breeze and with fleet positions changing constantly, the Singaporean had to work hard to put as many boats between herself and van Aanholt as possible. She crossed the finish line in second place behind Dolores Moreira of Uruguay, while the Dutch sailor came in seventh place.

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When the scores were tallied up Yom had finished the regatta with 27 points, with Van Aanholt just a point behind. Peruvian Jarian Brandes held onto the bronze with a fifth place finish in the deciding race.

After racing Yom said, “It was really intense but I just focused on my race and focused on what I could control and I let the rest fall into place. I knew if I did my best the results would fall into place.”

After recording a 21st place on the second day of racing, which she discarded, Yom was quoted as saying, “bye-bye medal chances but I'll keep fighting.” However she fought back tenaciously, finishing the event with a 2-2-11-2 score line. When asked about her ‘bye-bye medals’ quote she replied happily “Hello medals”.

Boy's Byte CII

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Just ten minutes after Samantha Yom claimed the first Youth Olympic Sailing gold for Singapore, Bernie Chin added a second. Chin took a four-point lead into the final race and stayed out of trouble to finish fifth, high enough to take the gold. 

Off the water Chin said, “I am very happy because this is my first gold medal that I've won for the country. We are able to bring back two medals this time because at the last YOG we didn't medal but this time we are able to bring both gold's back to Singapore.”

With many viable contenders for the top spot snapping at his heels going into the final race, any major mistake from Chin could have had major consequences. “There was some stress,” said Chin, “but I knew everybody would be stressed just as much as me because every ones points were so close”.

Brazil's Pedro Correa finished the day in silver medal position with Portugal's Rodolfo Pires occupying the final podium spot.

China And Argentina Share Top Honours In Techno 293's

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China's Linli Wu and Argentina's Francisco Saubidet Birkner also claimed gold in the Techno 293 class at Nanjing. A single non-discardable race brought the Techno 293 regatta to a close under testing conditions. Winds of three knots, gusting to eight, made life tough on the racecourse and favoured those sailors with strong tactical and light wind sailing skills.  

Girl's Techno 293

Linli Wu took gold for China in the Girl's Techno 293 with a final race win to take the regatta in style. Wu dominated the pack throughout the week and took a seven-point advantage into the final day. Despite being in the middle of the pack at the first mark she worked her way up the fleet to seal an emphatic victory.

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After racing Wu said, “I had good starts and used the wind shifts and got to know the wind well before. I could see from the beginning it would be pumping tactics and I am quite good at that.”

Mariam Sekhposyan (RUS) picked up silver and was content with her performance, "I'm happy that everything is over but I'm upset that it's just silver because I didn't know the Chinese girl and when I saw her in the first races I was like, 'what, who is this?' but she is very good.” 

France's Lucie Pianazza wrapped up bronze, finishing the final race in fourth place.  “It was difficult because the wind moved a lot but I finished third or fourth because I arrived as the same time as the Thailand sailor. It's great because I am third and it's beautiful.” she said. 

Boy's Techno 293

Argentina's Francisco Saubidet Birkner overthrew Russia's Maxim Tokarev to take the Boy's Techno 293 gold medal in a winner-take-all final duel. The points were extremely tight between the pack’s top seven racers with any number of possible outcomes. In the end it turned out to be a tussle between Saubidet Birkner and Tokarev.

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The pair jostled for position throughout the final race, with the rankings going to and fro. The Argentine read the conditions perfectly to overtake Tokarev and finish second in the final race, one place ahead of the Russian, to take the title. 

“I'm very happy because the wind was very difficult today,” said the Argentinian. “I raced very good, I was always on the right side and I finished second and first overall, so it's perfect.” 

Tokarev was visibly disappointed upon completion of the final race but was happy ashore, “I was behind my opponent at the second upwind but the wind dropped and my opponent went ahead of me so maybe he was more powerful or maybe it was luck.” 

"I'm happy that I have silver and the girl from my team also picked up silver so Russia is the most powerful team in the Techno now.” 

Lars van Someren (NED) started the day with a chance of gold and a threat of dropping completely out of the medals. He came through in fourth position to seal bronze and after racing he said, “I'm super happy. Before I came here I expected a top five but a medal is amazing. I love being on the podium.”

Photos are courtesy of ISAF