Olympics: Sailors Kimberly Lim, Cecilia Low finish 10th in 49er FX, Singapore's best result at Games

Sports correspondent Sazali Abdul Aziz reports on Singapore's highest finish in sailing at the Olympic Games. Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low finished 10th in the 49er FX medal race, out of 21 overall in the event.

ENOSHIMA, Japan - Singapore pair Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low finished 10th in the 49er FX medal race at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour on Tuesday morning (Aug 3), out of 21 overall in the event.

This is the Republic's highest finish in the sport at the Olympic Games.

Lim and Low had already made history by becoming the country's first sailors to earn a place in the medal race at the Olympics.

Brazilian duo Martine Grael and Kahena Kunzel won gold with 76 points, followed by Germany's Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (83), and Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz of the Netherlands (88).

Lim and Low finished with 117 points.

Lim, 24, said: "Considering our whole week and how we started this event, we’re super happy and super proud of our five-year campaign. It was just an amazing week. We just kept pushing to the end, especially the second half of the event."

They had won the 11th race earlier in the regatta and she said: "Winning a race is always special. When you cross that line and hear that horn, it’s just special. It’s something we’ll always remember and keep with us, especially in this kind of fleet."

On being Singapore sailing’s top performers at an Olympics, Low, 28, noted: "It hasn’t really. We’re still processing everything.

"Because (up till) now we’ve been: ‘Ok, what’s going to happen for the next race’ and focused for that, we’re not thinking about what’s actually happening."

At the 2012 London Games, Laser sailor Colin Cheng finished 15th out of 49 boats for the previous best performance by a Singaporean sailor.


Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low (centre) finished 10th in the 49er FX medal race at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Tokyo, on Aug 3, 2021. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG