The first discard has now come into play as five races have now been completed for all Class Divisions at the 2013 Asian Windsurfing Championships, Stanley Beach, Hong Kong.
In the Techno Men & Women the Chinese competitors have switched first and second podium places: Xie Lidiao now leads and Lin Ruijying is second. Only one point separates the two, Lin now being 7 points ahead of Maho Horino from Japan holding on to the third place overall.
Huang Hong from China has extended his lead over the Techno Youth Boys by taking two bullets today. Fellow countryman Feng Cancheng has joined him on the podium, discarding his 12th for the first race, and is now in second place overall. 14 year old Cheng Ho Yin (HKG-71) has slid down to third place, in danger of sliding off altogether with his closest rivals just a point or two behind.
In the Techno Youth Girls, junior Choi Wing Chi Sandy moves up to second place overall behind overnight leader Shao Jieman. However, she is on equal points with not only Zhang Jiemo but also Lim Ynez from Singapore. What a battle these three are having whilst Zhao appears to have this event stitched up already with the perfect score in every race.
Over in the Mistral Division, Cheng Kwok Fai scored "OCS" in the first race today, but no matter he discards it and dominates the top spot, a clear seven points ahead of his nearest rival Ma Yik Kau who has edged up to second place, two points ahead of Lee Chun Ting Adrian of Hong Kong. Lee Chun Ting Adrian shares equal points with Korean Dongwoo Seo and Thai Phayungkasem Pormanan so competition is keen for those podium places.
Cheng Chun Leung Michael holds on to his top spot in the RS:X Men with a second and a first today, whilst Leung Ho Tsun Andy moves up to second place with a first and a second. Korean Wonwoo Cho has slipped down to third place.
In the RS:X Women, Chan Hei Man Hayley Victoria has a perfect score at the top of the leaderboard, maintaining her six point lead over Lo Sin Lam Sonia whose performance is improving with two second places today. Yuki Sunage is holding on to her third place overall. Off the podium some keen battles are taking place, Japan's Megumi Komine finding her feet scoring two thirds today.
Kikabhoy Rafeek drops his 5 points from race three and now takes over the top spot in the RS:X Youth Boys, four points clear of last night's leader Kikabhoy Rafeek. Phattharadanai Jinain from Thailand is just one point behind him maintaining his third place on the podium.
In the RS:X Youth Girls, positions remain the same on the podium but the points difference between them is extending. It does look as though they are not prepared to let anyone else push them out of the top three.
All to play for in all fleets. Competition continues until 2nd December.
Results: Techno / RSX / MOD
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