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14 January 2004, 03:24 pm
India Tops Medal Tally
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11th Asian Sailing Championship

India emerged triumphant in the Asian Sailing Championships held in Mumbia, India with a bumper haul of five gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals.
The hosts' first gold came in the 420 Open category where favourites Farokh TARAPORE and Vikas KAPILA put up a magnificient show,

In yesterday's races, Pallavi NAIK and Rohini RAU (IND) came first again in the 420 girls (under 19) category to consolidate their lead, and claim gold, which was followed by Rajesh CHOUDHARY'S (IND) who despite finishing fourth in the last race in the Laser standard event, claimed gold.

In the Enterprise fleet Naresh YADAV and G L YADAV provided their country with the fourth gold, whilst Nitin MONGIA rounded off the five Gold medal tally in the OK Dinghy event.

The silver medals came through Sanjeev CHAUHAN and Rajesh DHULAJI in the 420 open event placing second overall on points countback over Korea's Park JONGWOO and Lee DONGWOO. However, by virtue of better overall points they won the silver. The second silver was claimed by Ramkumar SINGH in the OK Dinghy event.

India's bronze medals came from Ninad MAYEKAR and Prasad SHELAR in the 420 boys event , Shilpa OBEROI and Neha MAHESHWARI in the 420 girls, Amit ARVIND in Laser Radial and Derryck MENEZES in Windsurfing Heavy Men.

Japan finished second in the medals tally with two gold, three silver and one bronze, China finished third with two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

The Japanese won the Optimist girls (under-15) and 470 class event, while the Chinese won their gold medals in the windsurfing light men's and women's events. Korea, fourth in the medal tally, winning the 420 boys and Laser Radial events, while Malaysia dominated the Optimist (under 15) event, taking the boys and team events.

Poor winds for the second day in succession saw the morning race in all classes except Enterprise and OK Dinghy abandoned for lack of wind. In the afternoon, too, the second race had to be abandoned because of poor winds.

Final Medal Tally

Country Gold Silver Bronze
India 5 2 4
Japan 2 3 1
China 2 1 3
Korea 2 0 3
Malaysia 2 0 0
Indonesia 1 0 1
Singapore 0 4 1
Pakistan 0 2 1
Hong Kong 0 2 0
ISAF Secretariat (Source: Event Media)
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