Sailing races move into final stages at Doha Asiad

Updated: 2006-12-11 08:46

The sailing competition at the Doha Asian Games moved into its final stages on Sunday after a reserve day, with some interesting and tense races to be expected on the open sea of the Doha Bay.

Most of the 14 events of all the 11 classes resumed their competition Sunday morning on time at the Doha Sailing Club, the venue for the sailing races at the Asiad.

Compared to the heavy wind and rain during the previous races on Friday, it is fine and the wind is strong enough.

With most of the events entered the final phases, the sailing competition has become more tense in some of the races.

As scheduled, each of the three Mistral classes will have three races on Sunday, with the competition mainly involving athletes form China and Hong Kong of China.

China's Chen Lina and Chan Wai Kei form Honk Kong of China are on equal points in the first place in the women's Mistral class before the final races.

Chan King Yin form Hong Kong of China leads the men's Mistral light, but China's Yao Xinhao has a three-point lead in the men's heavy class.

In the Laser Radial open event, China's Xu Lijia, with only one point lead, will meet big challenge from Malaysia's Muhamad Mohd Romzi.

In the men's Laser event, in which the competition is particularlily fierce, Singapore's Soh Khyan Tat Maximilian will try to hold his three-point lead over Japan's sailor Yoichi Iijima, while defending Asian Games gold medalist Kim Hokon from South Korea and silver medalist Lim Kevin Leong Keat of Malaysia are placed third and fourth after the previous four-day races.

Singapore duo Tan Sarah Wei Lin and Lim Tze Ting have won every race so far in the women's 420 event, with a seven-point lead over their rivals Yumi Takahashi and Kae Tsugaya from Japan.

In the men's 420, the field is tighter since singapore just has a three-point lead over Japan.

The Japanese duo in the women's 470 have a nine-point lead over their rivals form Singapore and China, who have equal points.

While in the men's 470 event, Kim Daeyoung and Jung Sungahn from South Korea just have a one-point lead over Xu Yuan Zhen and Koh Terence from Singapore.

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