Singapore qualified for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in thrilling fashion by winning the IFDS Two-Person Keelboat World Championship on the final day of racing.
After some indifferent form in the last two races held on Tuesday, the host country team of Jovin TAN and Desiree LIM (SIN) capped off the championship with a strong showing by finishing in second, first and third place in the three races that were held today. This enabled Team Singapore to bounce back from its third place ranking to finish as Champions.
The Chinese team of Jia Hai LIANG and Yu HUAWU wasted its chances of winning the championship by incurring a false start during race 9 on Wednesday. They slipped to second place in the final rankings. Team Portugal of Bento AMARAL and Luisa SILVANO finished in fifth place on the final race of the day to finish third in the overall rankings on 18 points.
Due to favourable weather conditions, the championship will end one day ahead of schedule.
Team Singapore will walk away with the Champions Trophy as well as a $5000 cash prize, sponsored by NOL Ltd. The official closing ceremony will be held today at the Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore Hotel at 18:30.
The 2008 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Two-Person Keelboat is being held at the SAF Yacht Club, Changi, and sailed in the SKUD18 by eight crews from as many countries. The championship is the final national qualifier for the two-person keelboat event at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition.
IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Two-Person Keelboat - www.sdsc.org.sg
ISAF Disabled Sailing microsite - www.sailing.org/disabled