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SG Daily: Investment in Sailing Youth Pays Off With Record Gold Haul

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Samantha Neubronner and Elisa Yukie Yokoyama with their gold medals - Photo Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters

Team Singapore showed once again their quality on the water, finishing the sailing competition with a remarkable 10 golds, six silvers and one bronze, making them the top performing nation at the SEA Games in the sport.                      

“I think we can be very proud of the Singapore sailing team at this SEA Games,” said team manager Terence Koh.

“They sailed their hearts out, earned a record number of gold medals and we are very grateful to all the fans who came out to Marina Bay and the National Sailing Centre to support our sailors,” he added.                                                                                  

Sunday’s final day of action got off to a great start with Griselda Khng and Sara Tan bringing home a gold medal in the Skiff 49er FX. The pairing finished with perfect scores after finishing first in all their races.

Then came gold medal number two of the day when Samantha Neubronner and Elisa Yukie Yokoyama, triumphed in the female Youth Under-19 420 Class.

There was another medal in the U-19 category when, in the Men’s 420 Class,  Matthew Lau and Loh Jia Yi claimed a silver medal.


The winning Women's Keelboat team of Terena Lam, Dawn Liu, Daniella Ng and Jovina Choo - Photo Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters

The Republic’s women Keelboat team of Jovina Choo, Daniella Ng, Terena Lam and Dawn Liu wrapped up their gold medal on Sunday despite not getting in the water.

Poor wind conditions meant that there was no opportunity to sail the medal race against Malaysia and the Singapore quartet were handed the medal due to their 100 percent record in the round-robin stage. 

In the men’s Team Racing Laser Standard, the trio of Colin Cheng, Scott Glen Sydney and Ryan Lo took a silver medal after being beaten in the final by Malaysia.  

Singapore also won silver in the Men's Keelboat match racing event, losing 0-2 to the Philippines in the gold medal match. The team,made up of Stanley Chan, Colin Ng and Anthony Kiong lost out to Ridgely Balladares, Rommel Chavez and Richly Magsanay.

“There is never a real secret to success - it is all about hard work and preparation,” said Koh. 

“We are grateful for all the backing we have received and for the programmes in the system. We have done a lot of work at the youth level and been very strong there for a number of years and that has brought about these very strong results,” he added.

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