Tuesday, 7 July 2009

M'sia gets first AYG medal

By Jonathan Wong

Muhamad Amirul Shafiq (left, with compatriat Khairunneeta Mohd Afendy) clinched the bronze in the Byte CII event. -- ST PHOTO

MALAYSIA got its first medal of the Asian Youth Games on Monday after sailor Muhamad Amirul Shafiq clinched the bronze in the Byte CII event.The 14-year-old scored a second place finish at the National Sailing Centre in the final race of the regatta. His total score after 11 races is 34 points which placed him in third place, behind gold medallist Darren Choy (11 points) of Singapore and runner-up Supakon Pongwichean of Thailand (21 points).In the girls event, Thailand's Jittiwa Thanawitwilat took the title while local sailor Najwa Jumali came in a close second. The bronze went to China's Gu Min.In the Bic Techno 293 windsurfing events, local lass Audrey Yong clung on to third place despite a strong challenge from Hong Kong's Man Ka Kei to claim the Singapore's third medal of the sailing events.

Thailand's Siripon Ngam Kaewduang took the gold while Hao Xiumei of China was second.Chinese windsurfer Wei Bipeng maintained his perfect record in the windsurfing competition with his 11th win to romp home with the boys' title.His score of 10 points was a massive 17 points ahead of second place Nakaret Vantana of Thailand. Kim Chaneui of South Korea was a five points adrift in third place while Singaporean Chuah Jun Ler finished sixth overall.

With a total score of 31 points, Thailand claimed the Nations Trophy ahead of China (26 points) and host Singapore (25 points). - The Straits Times

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