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27 March 2006, 12:32 pm
Victorious Singapore Sailors
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Asian Sailing Championships 2006
Doha, Qatar

The twelfth Asian Sailing Championships concluded in Doha, Qatar over the weekend with the Singapore team sweeping to victory in four fleets to top the medal table. Low wind on the final day did nothing to halt the completion of the programme, which was followed by celebrations after a successful Championships.
Sailors from Singapore proved their skills on the water in both low and high winds, whilst amongst the windsurfers Hong Kong reigned supreme. Other gold medals in the fleets went to China, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, whilst India took the honours in the match racing event.

Singapore's four gold medals came courtesy of 2005 Optimist Asian Champion Sean LEE in the Boys' Optimist, Jun Hao LO in the Laser 4.7, Sarah TAN and Tze Ting LIM and Wen Chun LOW and Yuan Sheng TANG in the in the Girls' and Boys' 420s.

Amongst the windsurfers, Wai Kei CHAN (HKG) took the Women's Mistral title, whilst amongst the men Chi Ho HO (HKG) took the honours in the heavy division and King Yin CHAN (HKG) in the light.

Other Strong Performers

China's two gold medals came courtesy of Chi QIANG in the Laser and Wen YIMEI and Yu CHUNYAN in the Women's 470, whilst Sangkyu KIM (KOR) in the Laser Radial and Dae Young KIM and Sungahn JUNG (KOR) in the Men's 470 also gave Korea two victories.

Thailand's Damrongsak VONGTIM and Sakda VONGTIM were clear favourites in the Hobie 16 after they dominated last year's inaugural Hobie Asian Championship in Hong Kong, and the pair lived up to their billing, taking seven bullets on their way to victory.

Sweet Victory For TAN

Meanwhile in the Girls' Optimist event, Malaysia's Rufina TAN got her revenge for a controversial defeat at last year's South East Asian Games, by edging out Griselda KHNG (SIN) for the gold medal.

The match racing event saw the Indian team defeat Korea in the final to gain the gold medal.

With four gold medals, Singapore topped the medal table, although with two golds, five silvers and a bronze, China ended the Championships with a total of 13 medals, higher than any other nation.

ISAF. Image, The victorious Singapore team celebrate:© Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation
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