Singapore sailors Justin Liu (19) and Sherman Cheng (18) have just become the first Asian sailors to win an International 420 World Championship..
The Singaporean pair came in third in the six-race qualifying series behind Greece and France to qualify in the Gold fleet, and had maintained the lead in the final series since Wednesday in Haifa, Israel.
They finished the 11-race final series on top with a total of 36 points, 19 points ahead of their closest competitors, Italians Francesco Falcetelli
and Gabriele Franciolini
Also from Italy, Edoardo Mancinelli Scotti
and Leonardo Cucchiara finished with 70 points in third place.
Dr Ben Tan, SingaporeSailing's President and architects of the High Performance Strategic Plan, said, "Justin and Sherman's performance at the 420 Worlds, together with the earlier World titles that we have accumulated, is an affirmation of the systems that the High Performance Committee established in 2003. However, we will not rest - we will continue to improve our systems and processes to ensure that we make that leap from success at the youth level to Olympic level. Our immediate priority is to develop some more Justins and Shermans, so that our top sailors have quality sparring partners to spur each other on."
Dr Tan adds, "Justin and Sherman take a professional approach to the sport, and I am proud of them for that. They certainly deserve this feather in their cap. I'm sure they will continue to deliver for Singapore."
The 2010 International 420 World Championship is also one of the two selection events for nomination to the 2010 Asian Games. The first selection event, being the Kieler Woche regatta which took place in Germany in June, was won by Justin and Sherman where they beat 192 other pairs to win in the open division.
Full results: www.haifa420-worlds2010.com