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Youth Olympic Games

Double Youth Olympic Gold For Singapore’s Byte CII Sailors

Gold To Argentinean And Chinese Techno 293 Racers

dimanche 24 août 2014Redaction SSS [Source RP]

Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom made it double gold for Singapore as they took the Boy’s and Girl’s Byte CII Youth Olympic Games titles in Nanjing, China. Argentina’s Francisco Saubidet Birkner and China’s Linli Wu claimed the Boy’s and Girl’s Techno 293 honours as sailing concluded at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China.

Chin held on to his overnight lead whilst Yom advanced from second to first in a gripping final day of the Youth Olympic sailing competition.

The Byte CII fleets raced in a steady 4-5 knot breeze that was coming from an easterly direction and the tension was high in both races.

Rodolfo Pires (POR) and Jonatan Vadnai (HUN) took silver and bronze in the Boy’s Byte CII whilst the female silver went to Odile van Aanholt (NED) and bronze to Jarian Brandes (PER).

Yom said, "It was really intense but I just focused on my race and focused on what I could control and I let the rest fall into place. I knew if I did my best the results would fall into place.

"It’s a once in a lifetime experience and to be able to make Singapore proud is really unique.”

Before hundreds of volunteers flocked to Chin for a picture, he said, "I am very happy because this is my first gold medal that I’ve won for the country. We are able to bring back two medals this time because at the last YOG we didn’t medal but this time we are able to bring both gold’s back to Singapore.”

There were many possibilities in the Boy’s Byte CII fleet with all the medals up for grabs and any big mistake could have been costly, "There was some stress,” said Chin, "but I knew everybody would be stressed just as much as me because every ones points were so close below so the Brazilian and Portuguese guys were just as stressed out as me and maybe even more.”

"I’m very happy because the wind was very difficult today,” said the Argentina. "I raced very good, I was always on the right side and I finished second and first overall, so it’s perfect.

"We’ve trained all of the year for this event so we are very happy that that I finished first.”

After racing Wu said, "I had good starts and used the wind shifts and got to know the wind well before. I could see from the beginning it would be pumping tactics and I am quite good at that.

"To prepare for this event I lost some weight and went from 65kg to 55kg for the light conditions because I knew it would be light conditions.

"I am very happy and very proud.”

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