Singapore's sailors bag four golds in Laser and keelboat events

The trio of Stanley Chan, Anthony Kiong and Colin Ng clinched the third gold in the men's keelboat fleet racing. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SEA GAMES ORGANISING COMMITEE/ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS
The trio of Stanley Chan, Anthony Kiong and Colin Ng clinched the third gold in the men's keelboat fleet racing. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SEA GAMES ORGANISING COMMITEE/ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS
Bernie Chin, racing in the Men's Under-19 Laser Radial, claimed Singapore's second sailing gold of the day. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SEA GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE/ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS
Bernie Chin, racing in the Men's Under-19 Laser Radial, claimed Singapore's second sailing gold of the day. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SEA GAMES ORGANISING COMMITTEE/ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS
Colin Cheng scored Singapore's first sailing gold medal in the men's Laser Standard event. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Colin Cheng scored Singapore's first sailing gold medal in the men's Laser Standard event. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Team Singapore clinched its first sailing gold at the 28th SEA Games on Tuesday afternoon, with Colin Cheng winning the men's Laser Standard event.

The Singaporean started the medal race with an eight point lead over Malaysia's Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, which meant Cheng only needed to race and finish to secure top place. He finished the medal race in first place.

This is Cheng's debut at the SEA Games. The 25-year-old is a three-time Asian Games medallist (a gold, a silver and a bronze). He competed at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing 15th for Singapore's best-ever showing on that stage.

Bernie Chin, racing in the Men's Under-19 Laser Radial, took the second gold of the day for the Republic.

He finished first in the medal race, which counts for double points. Bernie had a five-point lead over Thailand's Apiwat Sringam going into the medal race.

Stanley Chan, Anthony Kiong and Colin Ng won SingaporeSailing's third gold of the day when they came in first in the medal race of the men's keelboat fleet racing.

The Singaporeans were just one point ahead of the Philippines going into the medal race.

Colin Ng and Anthony Kiong had taken part in the 1993 Games, winning the men's 420 that year.

The women's keelboat fleet racing quartet of Jovina Choo, Terena Lam, Dawn Liu & Daniella Ng then finished the day with the Republic's fourth gold. 

maychen@sph.com.sg

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