SEA Games: 2nd sailing gold for Singapore as women's 470 team hold off defending champs

Cheryl Teo (left) and Yukie Yokoyama secured Singapore's second sailing gold medal at the SEA Games in the women's 470 race on August 27, 2017.
Cheryl Teo (left) and Yukie Yokoyama secured Singapore's second sailing gold medal at the SEA Games in the women's 470 race on August 27, 2017.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SINGAPORESAILING

SINGAPORE - Singapore's sailors delivered a second SEA Games gold on Sunday (Aug 27), as the women's 470 duo of Yukie Yokoyama and Cheryl Teo held off rivals and defending champions Malaysia to clinch top spot.

Leading the standings going into the deciding race by just one point, Yokoyama and Teo finished ahead of Malaysian pair Nuraisyah Jamil and Norashikin Sayed to put the result beyond doubt.

“It’s all quite overwhelming now. We were the underdogs, against the defending champions (Malaysia),” said Yokoyama, 20.

“They’ve been training full-time the last two years while we’ve had to juggle studies with sailing, so to win is really quite unexpected.”

Yokoyama and Teo's win sees the Republic reclaim from Malaysia the women's 470 gold it last won in 2013, when Cecilia Low and Priscilia Low won in Myanmar.

Evangeline Tan and Jodie Lai claimed a silver in the women's 420 (U-19), while their male counterparts Koh Yinian and Wong Riji won bronze in the men's 420 (U-19).

The men's racing dinghy laser standard trio of Ryan Lo, Mark Wong and Bernie Chin had won sailing's first gold last Tuesday (Aug 22), also by beating hosts Malaysia.