Sailor Loh Jia Yi seals individual title at sailing competition in Italy
Sailor Loh Jia Yi tamed the currents of Lake Garda in Italy yesterday to claim Singapore's third successive individual crown at the annual Optimist World Championships.
The 15-year-old recorded an emphatic victory over the 259-strong international field by sailing away from the start and never surrendering his lead.
After the five-day contest, Jia Yi recorded six wins out of 10 races to become the first Singaporean boy to earn the crown.
Said Singapore Sailing Federation chief executive Tan Wearn Haw: "This win is rewarding for Jia Yi and the team, as they have worked long and hard over the past years. It's a fantastic way to start the next and more important step of their Olympic journey.
They have worked long and hard over the past years.
– Tan Wearn Haw, Singapore Sailing Federation chief executive, hailing the team after their Optimist individual and team triumphs
THE WAY FORWARD
Our junior sailors have shown that they have the capability. if they continue on this trajectory, with the same commitment and fortitude, they will excel at the youth and Olympic levels for sure.
– SSF’s Tan