Rising sailing talent Elizabeth Yin captured her second world title in two years when she won the Girls’ title in convincing fashion at the Laser 4.7 World Championships in Trojir, Croatia, this afternoon.
The 17-year-old Victoria Junior Cllege student, who captured the 2006 World Byte Championships girls’ title last year, went into the final day of racing today in pole position. Her nearest rival from the 116-strong fleet was local sailor Matea Senkic.
But there was no way Matea could catch Elizabeth today as the latter first consolidated her position at the top with a fifth-placed finish in the 11th race before wrapping up the title in style by winning her final race. She finished with 26 points, 27 less than Matea (53points).
Croatia also took the bronze through Antea Kordic who finished with 73 points.
This is the second time in three years that Singapore has won the Laser 4.7 world title. Former Singapore Sports School student Victoria Chan last won it in 2006. She has since moved to the Laser Radial.
Scott Glenn Sydney missed out on making it a double sweep for Singapore as he finished second out of 279 competitors in the Boys Division today. The 17-year-old student, who is currently studying in Australia, had been sailing a brilliant regatta this past week and went into today’s final two races trailing Israel’s Jacob Shahar by 15 points.
Scott needed a strong finish to land the title and it seemed that things were going his way when he won his 11th race while Jacob finished in 10th spot. But Scott faded in the last race, finishing 22nd, while Jacob’s 10th spot-finish was enough to give him the title.
Meanwhile, Mark Wong missed out on the medals when he finished fourth in the boys’ emerald fleet. The 13-year-old who was making his debut in the Laser 4.7 was second yesterday but a 32nd-spot finish in his last race caused him to slip to fourth (311 points) in the overall standings, just four points behind Croatia’s Marko Marinov who took bronze with 307 points.
Najwa Jumali finished 25t in the girls’ silver fleet.
Singapore also won a silver and a bronze at the World Byte CII Championships in Weymouth, Britain, today.
Lei Feng Yi, went into today’s final three races trailing leader Jon Emmett by 20 points. The 16-year-old couldn’t overtake his British rival and hung on for silver as he finished with 39 points, 27 more than Emmett.
Herman Nurfendi, who won a silver at last year’s Championships, was third with 41 points.
The Singapore Sports Fan congratulates all our sailors for continuing to fly Singapore’s flag with pride on the world stage.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan