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Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore

by ISAF on 25 Aug 2014
Byte CII - Bernie Chin - Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 ISAF ©
Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 - Bernie Chin and Samantha Yom made it double gold for Singapore as they took the Boy's and Girl's Byte CII Youth Olympic Games titles in Nanjing, China.

Chin held on to his overnight lead whilst Yom advanced from second to first in a gripping final day of the Youth Olympic sailing competition.

The Byte CII fleets raced in a steady 4-5 knot breeze that was coming from an easterly direction and the tension was high in both races.

Rodolfo Pires (POR) and Jonatan Vadnai (HUN) took silver and bronze in the Boy's Byte CII whilst the female silver went to Odile van Aanholt (NED) and bronze to Jarian Brandes (PER).


Girl's Byte CII


Samantha Yom (SIN) trailed Odile van Aanholt (NED) by four points going into the final race and knew what job had to be done.

The Singaporean fought hard to put boats in between herself and her Dutch competitor. The race was up and down with positions changing throughout. In the end Yom came through in second, behind race winner Dolores Moreira (URU) whilst van Aanholt finished seventh.

Yom ends the regatta on 27 points with Van Aanholt a point behind. Jarian Brandes (PER) held onto the bronze with a fifth place finish in the deciding race.

After racing Yom said, 'It was really intense but I just focused on my race and focused on what I could control and I let the rest fall into place. I knew if I did my best the results would fall into place.

'It's a once in a lifetime experience and to be able to make Singapore proud is really unique.'

On the second day of racing Yom recorded a 21st place finish, which she discarded, and after the day she said, 'bye bye medal chances but I'll keep fighting.' She fought back hard, taking a 2-2-11-2 scoreline to complete the event. Her reply when asked about the 'bye bye medal chances' quote, 'Hello medals,' she smiled. 'I was a bit down after a really bad race. I told myself that, 'yea that's a really bad race but keep fighting and can only get better'.'

Singapore Sailing has produced several young talented sailors and Yom is proud of the support she has received, 'It's really great to know that Singapore has won two golds. I think that Singapore Sailing Federation has given us good support and all of our good results have given us affirmation that we are on the right track and going good.'


Boy's Byte CII

Ten minutes after Singapore's Samantha Yom claimed the first Youth Olympic Sailing gold, Bernie Chin added a second for his nation.

Chin took a four point lead into the final race and stayed out of trouble as he finished fifth to seal the deal.

Before hundreds of volunteers flocked to Chin for a picture, he said, 'I am very happy because this is my first gold medal that I've won for the country. We are able to bring back two medals this time because at the last YOG we didn't medal but this time we are able to bring both gold's back to Singapore.'

There were many possibilities in the Boy's Byte CII fleet with all the medals up for grabs and any big mistake could have been costly, 'There was some stress,' said Chin, 'but I knew everybody would be stressed just as much as me because every ones points were so close below so the Brazilian and Portuguese guys were just as stressed out as me and maybe even more.'

Brazil's Pedro Correa came into the day in silver medal position with Portugal's Rodolfo Pires occupying the final podium spot. Anything was possible on the race track with those from second to ninth in with a medal shout.

Pires took a seventh and advanced up to silver medal position, dislodging Correa whose 14th place finish saw him drop to sixth. The Portuguese sailor was all smiles after racing, 'It was a very stressful regatta. I was very stressed and there was a lot to lose and a lot to win. My coach was doing the calculations and he confirmed to me that the silver was mine and then I was happy.'

Ahead of the medal ceremony Pires didn't quite know what to expect, 'It will be my first time experiencing this and I don't know what will be going through my head.'

Jonatan Vadnai (HUN) started the day in seventh and a fourth place in the final race pushed him up into bronze and he was relieved after racing, 'I am really happy. I made a bad race in the first race but I just wanted to catch as many boats as I could and finally it ended up good. I was scared, really scared. I just tried to do as good as possible. If I finished in the top five then it wasn't up to me but I did it, so I am happy.'

After a long week his celebratory plan is to, 'Sleep. I think I am going to wake up at 12, eat as much as I want and gain some weight as I am going to Santander now.'

Byte - Men - Overall Results

Pos Nation Sail Number Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Net
1 SIN SIN 21 (31)
DNF
1 2 1 5 3 5 69.00 38.00
2 POR POR 16 2 8 4 9 1 (26) 7 73.00 47.00
3 HUN HUN (22) 5 11 10 8 11 1 4 72.00 50.00
4 USA USA 9 (12) 3 11 10 10 6 2 63.00 51.00
5 THA THA 10 (13) 9 5 4 2 13 8 64.00 51.00
6 BRA BRA 1 4 2 3 (20) 18 9 14 71.00 51.00
7 CRO CRO 5 8 7 6 (21) 7 11 15 80.00 59.00
8 MAS MAS (31)
DSQ
1 31
DNE
7 2 8 10 1 91.00 60.00
9 FRA FRA 14 6 10 8 11 4 (16) 9 78.00 62.00
10 NZL NZL 7 (16) 4 16 5 9 4 19 80.00 64.00
11 CAN CAN 2 11 (18) 17 3 3 12 20 86.00 68.00
12 CHI CHI 6 7 13 (25) 18 6 15 11 101.00 76.00
13 AUS AUS 3 15 (24) 24 7 13 14 3 103.00 79.00
14 ISV ISV 19 19 5 1 6 19 (29) 22 120.00 91.00
15 PER PER 4 3 14 20 15 23 (24) 17 120.00 96.00
16 SWE SWE (23) 9 17 15 17 20 5 18 124.00 101.00
17 CAY CAY 18 (27) 19 22 23 15 2 6 132.00 105.00
18 ITA ITA 17 23 6 19 22 (24) 8 10 129.00 105.00
19 INA INA 12 10 20 (21) 19 17 17 12 128.00 107.00
20 LCA LCA 13 17 12 14 14 16 (25) 24 135.00 110.00
21 NED NED 8 18 22 12 25 (26) 21 16 148.00 122.00
22 IVB IVB 24 14 25 18 12 (28) 19 13 153.00 125.00
23 BAH BAH 11 24 21 (26) 13 14 18 29 156.00 130.00
24 ANT ANT 31
DNE
22 16 9 24 (27) 7 23 159.00 132.00
25 RSA RSA 15 20 15 23 16 (25) 22 26 162.00 137.00
26 ALG ALG 20 25 23 13 (31)
DNF
22 23 25 182.00 151.00
27 GRE GRE 25 26 26 (29) 26 12 20 21 185.00 156.00
28 UAE UAE 27 21 (29) 27 27 21 27 28 207.00 178.00
29 COK COK 26 28 27 28 28 (29) 28 27 221.00 192.00
30 PNG PNG 28 29 28 (30) 29 30 30 30 234.00 204.00


Legend
( ) - Excluded Score
DSQ - Disqualification
ARB - Scoring penalty after arbitration
OCS - On the course side of the starting line and broke rule 29.1 or 30.1
BFD - Disqualification under rule 30.3
PTS - Scoring penalty for a yellow flag after the finish
DGM - Disqualification under rule 69.1(b)(2) not excludable
RAF - Retired after finishing
DNC - Did not come to the starting area
RDG - Redress given
DNE - Disqualification not excludable under rule 88.3(b)
RET - Retired
DNF - Did not finish
SCP - Took a scoring penalty under rule 44.3
DNS - Did not start
UFD - U flag penalty imposed
DPI - Discretionary penalty imposed
ZFP - 20% penalty under rule 30.2

Byte - Women - Overall Results

Pos Nation Sail Number Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Net
1 SIN SIN 2 5 3 (21) 2 2 11 2 48.00 27.00
2 NED NED 6 3 1 1 (8) 8 2 7 36.00 28.00
3 PER PER 3 6 7 15 11 (21) 3 5 71.00 50.00
4 UKR UKR 9 (18) 9 12 7 10 1 4 70.00 52.00
5 NOR NOR 10 4 10 7 12 (17) 6 6 72.00 55.00
6 MAS MAS 13 13 (16) 11 5 5 5 8 76.00 60.00
7 DOM DOM 12 2 6 6 27 1 (31)
DNF
15 100.00 69.00
8 ITA ITA 5 7 12 8 3 9 (31)
DNS
25 100.00 69.00
9 URU URU 4 (19) 14 16 18 15 4 1 91.00 72.00
10 BER BER (14) 31
DNE
2 5 4 4 13 13 86.00 72.00
11 HUN HUN 19 26 4 10 6 6 (31)
DNF
3 105.00 74.00
12 FIN FIN 1 1 (29) 13 16 20 21 10 111.00 82.00
13 MEX MEX 7 21 11 14 10 (25) 9 12 109.00 84.00
14 ECU ECU (27) 22 17 2 15 3 7 21 114.00 87.00
15 FRA FRA (21) 8 8 19 14 13 20 9 112.00 91.00
16 ISV ISV 16 12 (23) 4 19 12 19 14 119.00 96.00
17 BRA BRA 18 10 5 3 24 (27) 10 29 126.00 99.00
18 GBR GBR 22 14 15 20 1 7 (31)
DNF
24 134.00 103.00
19 THA THA 15 17 21 (22) 17 11 17 11 131.00 109.00
20 BUL BUL 23 15 (24) 18 9 23 14 18 144.00 120.00
21 POR POR (31)
DSQ
9 13 9 22 18 22 28 152.00 121.00
22 CAY CAY 8 24 25 17 13 16 (31)
DNF
19 153.00 122.00
23 CRO CRO 20 16 19 (23) 20 14 16 20 148.00 125.00
24 AUS AUS 17 11 18 24 (26) 22 23 27 168.00 142.00
25 EGY EGY 24 25 20 27 23 (29) 12 23 183.00 154.00
26 CHI CHI 11 (28) 22 26 21 26 18 30 182.00 154.00
27 INA INA (31)
DSQ
31
DNE
28 28 31
DSQ
24 8 16 197.00 166.00
28 TTO TTO 28 23 26 29 29 (30) 15 17 197.00 167.00
29 ALG ALG 26 (27) 27 25 25 19 24 26 199.00 172.00
30 RSA RSA 25 20 (30) 30 28 28 25 22 208.00 178.00


Legend
( ) - Excluded Score
DSQ - Disqualification
ARB - Scoring penalty after arbitration
OCS - On the course side of the starting line and broke rule 29.1 or 30.1
BFD - Disqualification under rule 30.3
PTS - Scoring penalty for a yellow flag after the finish
DGM - Disqualification under rule 69.1(b)(2) not excludable
RAF - Retired after finishing
DNC - Did not come to the starting area
RDG - Redress given
DNE - Disqualification not excludable under rule 88.3(b)
RET - Retired
DNF - Did not finish
SCP - Took a scoring penalty under rule 44.3
DNS - Did not start
UFD - U flag penalty imposed
DPI - Discretionary penalty imposed
ZFP - 20% penalty under rule 30.2
























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