18 Aug - 2 Sep 2018

Asian Games: Singapore sailing duo secure gold with a racing day to spare  

Singapore sailors Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low

JAKARTA: Singapore sailing’s skiff 49erFX pair Cecilia Low and Kimberly Lim secured the country’s first sailing gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games on Wednesday (Aug 29). 

At the end of the fifth day of racing, the pair were ranked first out of five teams having won all their 14 races so far. 

As of Wednesday evening, Lim and Low have posted a score of 14 points, an insurmountable lead over their closest competitors, China’s Yu Xuebin and He Xian as well as India’s Gautham Varsha and Shervegar Sweta, who had 37 net points each.

The points gap has allowed the Singapore pair to lock first place with one more race day to spare. 

The pair told Channel NewsAsia that they managed to achieve such consistency because they were able to "keep to their processes". 

"All the work we put in the year, executing it well, that was the most important," Low said. 

They added that the gold was a boost in their bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 

"It's good to know that the work is paying off well ... confidence is accumulative. You learn more about each other (at every competition), and it's always a stepping stone to Tokyo 2020," Low added. 

Even though there is nothing at stake for the sixth and final day of racing will be held on Friday, Lim maintained that the pair will continue to "showcase good sailing". 

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