Eight races have now been completed over three days of racing at the 2013 Asian Windsurfing Championships, Stanley Beach, Hong Kong.
All change for the Techno Youth Boys podium positions. [more]Although China still holds on to the top two places, it was not a good day for overnight leader Huang Hong as Fen Cancheng not only made up yesterday’s five point gap, he is now five points ahead. Hong Kong’s Cheng Ho Yin has been kicked off the podium and this spot is now occupied by fellow countryman Chan Tsz Kit. There are some good scores being posted by those further down the scoreboard. No-one is safe! No-one in the current top three won a race today!
In contrast, there can be no doubt in Zhao Jieman’s mind that she will be the Techno Youth Girls Champion as she scored yet three more bullets and has the perfect score of 7. The three girls behind her, Choi Wing Chi Sandy, Zhang Jiemo and Lim Ynez, have split yesterday’s tied points although there is no change in their positions on the leaderboard. It will be very interesting to see in what order they finish as competition is certainly keen between them.
In the Techno Men and Women, China still dominates but Xie Lidiao has relinquished the top spot to Lin Ruijying who was first over the line twice today. Japan’s Maho Horino had her best day so far with seconds in all three races.
Hong Kong’s Cheng Kwok Fai maintains his perfect score winning all three races today and has an unassailable mastery of the Mistral Division. Ma Yik Kau is still in second place but some interesting, if not surprising, results have shaken apart the competitors who all ended day two on equal points. Lee Chun Ting Adrian now has a firmer foothold on the third place, 2 points ahead of the chasing pack.
It’s getting tense in the RS:X Men’s Division. Two bullets for Leung Ho Tsun Andy today brings him up to equal points with Cheng Chun Leung Michael and widens the gap between him and Korean Wonwood Cho. He is still in third place but Gabriel Angelo GarFai Brettell, winner of the first race today, is right on his heels just two points behind.
A similar scenario in the RS:X Youth Boys as two bullets for Ng Ho Yin today means he now has equal points with leader Kikabhoy Rafeek. Phattharadanai Jinain looks reasonably secure in his third place overall, four points behind the leaders and twelve clear of his nearest rival.
Remarkably, the top two RS:X Youth Girls, Ngai Wai Yan and Ma Kwan Ching also have equal scores. Korean Sabin Chun is just three points behind, fourteen points clear of her nearest rival.
No bullets today for Chan Hei Man Hayley Victoria in the RS:X Women although she maintains a six point lead over Lo Sin Lam Sonia, winner of the second race today. Japan’s Megumi Komine, first over the line twice, has now stepped on to the podium in third place, three points clear of Juki Sunaga.
Today also marks the start of the Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships when competitors on Raceboards are invited to take to the water along with Techno & RS:X. They have completed three of the five races being run over two days.
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