Sailor Jodie, 14, wins female Optimist title

Singapore sailor Jodie Lai (centre), 14, on the podium after winning the female optimist (U16) event on June 13, 2015. Thailand's Kamonchanok Klahan (left) took the silver while Malaysia's Nazri Nabila Natasha settled for bronze. -- ST PHOTO: TOH TIN
Singapore sailor Jodie Lai (centre), 14, on the podium after winning the female optimist (U16) event on June 13, 2015. Thailand's Kamonchanok Klahan (left) took the silver while Malaysia's Nazri Nabila Natasha settled for bronze. -- ST PHOTO: TOH TING WEI 
Singapore's Jodie Lai gives a thumbs up to the media after coming in first in the female single handed optimist (U16) finals on June 13, 2015.  -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Singapore's Jodie Lai gives a thumbs up to the media after coming in first in the female single handed optimist (U16) finals on June 13, 2015.  -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Jodie Lai receives a hug from her brother Thaddeus after she won the gold medal in the female single handed optimist (U16) finals. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Jodie Lai receives a hug from her brother Thaddeus after she won the gold medal in the female single handed optimist (U16) finals. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Singapore's Jodie Lai with her gold medal in the female single handed optimist (U16) finals on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Singapore's Jodie Lai with her gold medal in the female single handed optimist (U16) finals on June 13, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

SINGAPORE - The Singapore sailing team collected their second SEA Games gold medal of the day after Jodie Lai won the female optimist (U16) event on Saturday afternoon.

Starting the medal race in first place with a two-point lead over Nazri Nabila Natasha, the 14-year-old had to finish above her Malaysian opponent to avoid a tie-breaker. And she duly obliged in the last part of the race, catching the wind to overtake Nazri. She finished with 13 points, ahead of the Malaysian's 17. Thailand's Kamonchanok Klahan took the silver with 15.

In the male Optimist event, Singapore's Daniel Ian Toh had to settle for the bronze, after finishing with 17 points.

Malaysia's Kaman Shah Muhammad Fauzi (12) took the gold, while Thailand's Suthon Yampinid (16) pipped Daniel to the silver.

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