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12 September 2001, 09:53 am
Malaysia Takes First Gold Medal in Sailing
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XXI SEA Games
Port Dickson

Today, the Malaysian Optimist sailors bagged the first sailing gold medal of the XXI SEA Games by beating Singapore in a very close 3 race final that was postponed from yesterday due to the lack of wind.
The bad news was again the wind and the 1100 start was postponed for 3 hours before a steady 5 knot SW breeze filled in across the racing area. The race committee's decision to hold the postponed final on Wednesday as well as the 2 scheduled races of the day saw the Optimists still out there at dusk

While the Optimists where getting all the media attention on the inshore course the other competitors where busily consolidating there positions and building onto the points they received yesterday. Balladares Ridgely (PHI) took two wins to close in on Singapore's Tan Wearn Haw. Malaysia's 470 women skipper Kelly Yin also took two wins to take the lead by a slender 2 points.

Malaysia's Jeremy Koo was the big mover today in the 420's with 2 wins to even up the points with Myanmar's Moe Myint brothers who lost a first place overnight as the protest committee reinstated the Singapore team after they where initially deemed premature starters. Malaysia's Nurul Ain scored 2 wins in the women's 420 and is having a interesting 3 way battle with th Myanmar and Singapore sailors.

Myanmar's Aung Myin Thu scored 2 wins in their Laser II, and an OCS in the first race maintains a slender lead over Malaysia and Singapore.

Kevin Lim added another win in the men's Laser and Tiffany Koo sailing a Laser radial recorded 2 wins and have kept Malaysia's medal hopes alive at the top of their respective classes.

The Thai windsurfers are starting to dominate the Mistral classes. Phanuthat Ruamsap added 2 firsts in the men's heavy weight and Arun Homraruen has a clean sheet with four bullets in a row in the men's light weight class. Napalai Tansai also scored two wins today in the women's division and is building up a commanding lead at this early stage of the regatta.
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