Closing in on the 420 Medal Race at the South East Asian Games
Two races were completed in the under-19 420 boys and 420 girlsevents on day 3 of their racing series at the 28th South East Asian Games, hosted at Singapore's National Sailing Centre. Two more races are scheduled on Saturday 13 June, before the decisive medal race on Sunday.
The South-East Asian Games is the region's premier multi-sports event, a massive showcase of 35 different sports, with 20 men's and women's events in the sailing programme. The sailing is staggered over 9 days, with the 420 racing kicking off on Wednesday 10 June, with 4 races. The weather disrupted the schedule on Thursday with just one race wrapped up, getting back on schedule today with a further two races completed. 420 teams from Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand are competing.
Malaysia's Muhamad Mohd Yusof/Naquib Shahrin have dominated the boys fleet, sealing 5 race wins from the 7 races held, to give themselves a useful 8 point margin over Thailand's Puvich Chanyim/Sarawut Phetsiri. With just two races to go, on current form Malaysia looks assured of gold, with the battle set to unfold behind between Thailand and Singapore's Matthew Lau/Jia Yi Loh, who have a 1 point different between them.
In the 420 girls event, the leaderboard is in reverse order to the men, headed up by Singapore, then Thailand and Malaysia. Samantha Neubronner/Elisa Yokoyama have raced a consistent series, but will have a battle to the end as they hold just a 2 point margin over Thailand's Piriyaporn Kangla/Chaninat Poolsirikot. Malaysia's pairing of Nor Mohd Nazri/Siti Norulakhairi are 4 points behind Thailand, with Myanmar in 4th overall.
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