Sailing: Singapore win Nanjing YOG spot in girls' windsurfing but miss out for boys

Singaporean windsurfer Ynez Lim finished third in the girl's Techno 293 class at the 33rd SIM Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championship to earn the Republic's girls a slot at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Singaporean windsurfer Ynez Lim finished third in the girl's Techno 293 class at the 33rd SIM Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championship to earn the Republic's girls a slot at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE'S place among the world's most promising female windsurfers at this year's Youth Olympic Games has been confirmed.

This, thanks to Ynez Lim's third-placed finish in the girls' Techno 293 class at the SIM 33rd Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championship at the National Sailing Centre.

Her result earned the Republic a spot at the August Games in Nanjing, joining fellow qualifiers Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and hosts China as Asia's representatives.

"We wanted to finish on the podium today and fought very hard for it," said the 15-year-old, a silver medallist in the girls' RS:One event at last month's SEA Games.

"The home-ground advantage helped too; I've been training in these conditions for the past week weeks, so I know how gusty it is."

Finishing third after four days of competition also put her in pole position to be selected as Singapore's YOG representative, with the spot to be decided after March's Fish & Co Youth Sailing Championships.

There was, however, less joy for the Republic's male representative, Wallace Gan.

A bronze medallist at the SEA Games, he could only manage 10th spot in the boys' Techno 293 class and will now turn his attention to the 2015 edition, which Singapore will host.

"If I train more, I think I will do better," said the Secondary Four student at Holy Innocents' High School. "I hope I can do well at the 2015 SEA Games and bring back a medal."