Newsflash: Sailor Darren realises Singapore’s five-gold AYG target

Singapore’s Darren Choy realised the Republic’s five-gold medal target at the Asian Youth Games today when he sailed his way to victory in the penultimate day of the Boys Byte CII competition this afternoon. 

Singapore's Darren Choy (right) and Najwa Jumali are all smiles after virtually assuring themselves of the gold and silver respectively following today's race results (Picture courtesy of Singapore Sailing)

Singapore's Darren Choy (right) and Najwa Jumali are all smiles after virtually assuring themselves of the gold and silver respectively following today's race results (Picture courtesy of Singapore Sailing)

The 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student chalked up his eighth win out of 10 races at the National Sailing Centre today to cement his already-iron grip on the gold with his unbeatable lead of 10 points.

Darren only needed a fifth-spot finish today to seal the gold but decided to end his campaign in style by gunning for the gold.

He started off trailing closest rival Supakon Pongwichean but eventually caught up and left the Thai trailing far behind him.

Darren crossed the line first followed by Malaysia’s Muhammad Amirul Shafiq whose second-placed finish stands him in good stead for the bronze tomorrow.  

Supakon eventually finished third to win the silver.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Najwa Jumali secured the silver in the Girls Byte CII by winning her race today.

Her result gives her a total of 20 points, and practically assures her of the runner-up spot as closest rival Gu Min of China has 25 points.

Despite finishing third, Thailand’s Jittiwa Thanawitwilat has almost definitely sealed the gold with her tally of 17 points.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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