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Youth Olympic Games Medals Decided in Singapore

The Youth Olympic Games have been widely acclaimed as an outstanding success and Singapore have been wonderful hosts.

On an overcast but warm day at the National Sailing Centre it was an anxious wait in the morning for the wind to build on medal race day. However the wind gods rallied and delivered a light and shifty 6 - 8 knot breeze that was just sufficient to complete the medal races to schedule.

Girls Techno 293 

Thailand's golden girl Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam sailed to windsurfing victory to claim the first medal of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Kaewduang-Ngam sailed a conservative race and despite a fourth-place finish in the medal race she sailed a magnificent series that has included five consecutive race wins.

Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) won the final race of the regatta and sealed the silver medal in the process. Fancuilli had sailed a consistent series improving on the last two days.

Singapore's Audrey Pei Lin Yong came third in the final race, which meant she clinched bronze and edged 2010 World Champion Naomi Cohen (ISR) out of medal contention by three points.

Boys Techno 293 

Long-time competition leader Mayan Rafic (ISR) won the Boys Techno 293 gold medal finishing nine points ahead of Michael Chun Leung Cheng (HKG), who took the silver.

The battle for silver came down to the wire. When Cheng reached the beach he didn't know what colour medal he had won.

Great Britain's Kieran Martin won the medal race on the final day, to pick up the bronze medal by three points from Chaneui Kim (KOR). 

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Only one race today - but a very important one. This is a medal race with a difference -all the competitors race; but the race result cannot be discarded!

Racing got underway in 8-10 knots. The overnight leaders, Mayan Rafic (ISR) and Siripon Ngam (THA), did enough to secure Gold medals and the Youth Olympic Titles in their respective fleets.

In the boys fleet a great race from Kieran Martin secured his bronze medal despite the strong challenge from Chaneui Kim (KOR); Michal Cheng's (HKG) 5th place was just enough to fend off Kieran for Silver.

A great finish by Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) secured her silver medal, but I am sure the biggest cheer of the day was for Audrey Yong (SIN) whose 3rd place in the medal race secured her, and the host nation, a bronze medal.

Congratulations to all the winners; and to all the competitors for their participation in this first Youth Olympic Games.

So it's an early nights sleep for the whole fleet tonight as they prepare for the final medal race tommorrow which involves all competitors. Nobody can drop the medal race result so it's all to play for. Check out the results section which will be updated as soon as full results are published.
Siripon romps ahead and Mayan maintains his lead on day 6
A further two races were completed on the sixth day of racing in Singapore. The boys were again the first to start in light, and shifty, winds averaging 6 knots, it was going to be a hard day's racing today! Rafic Mayan (ISR), with a 1st and an 8th, maintained his position at the top of the overall rankings. Michal Cheng (HKG) with two 3rd places remains in second place overall. Kieran Martin (GBR) lost ground to Michal but remains in the bronze medal position. However the performance of the day belongs to Chaneui Kim (KOR) whose two 2nd places today moves him to within one point of Kieran.

In the girls fleet Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) had another great day, recording two 1st places, moving her further ahead of her nearest rivals. The chasing pack includes Naomi Cohen (ISR), Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) and Valentina Serigos (ARG) - all three girls finishing with 38 points! And not far behind is Lara Lagoa (ESP) who continues her climb through the rankings with a mere 5 pts added from todays races.

Tomorrow is the Medal Race - the final race of the series to decide the podium positions.

ISR (boys) and THA (girls) shine on day 5 of racing at YOG
Two more races were completed on the fifth day of racing in Singapore. No racing on day 4 (Saturday) and a lay-day yesterday meant the competitors would have been straining at the leash to get on the water today! The boys were the first to start in variable, and shifty, winds averaging 10 knots, with gusts to 12 knots. It was another good day for Rafic Mayan (ISR), with a 1st and a 1st, enabling him to consolidate his position at the top of the overall rankings. Two 3rd places from Kieran Martin (GBR) moved him to within one point of the silver medal position. There were good performances also, with top 5 finishes, from Chaneui Kim (KOR) and Birkner Saubitet (ARG).

In the girls fleet Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) had a great day, recording two 1st places, moving her further ahead of her nearest rival, Naomi Cohen (ISR). Naomi's 2nd place in race 7 keeps her in contention for a medal, despite a disappointing 8th in race 8 ! However sailor of the day was Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) with a 3rd and 2nd to boost her fight back after her OCS in race 6.

Congratulations to the ARG team - the only team to record a top 5 finish in both boys and girls races today.

New leader in Girls fleet, business as usual for Mayan . . .
The IOC President, Jacques Rogge came to watch the racing at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Friday. Although the weather was overcast for most of the day, the racing was intense and as usual followed every inch by the now infamous Singapore twitters.

Boys Techno 293 - Mayan Rafic (ISR) leads the boys windsurfing on 10 points after placing second in race five and fourth in race sixth.

"I'm feeling stable, not like everybody else, so it is really good right now," he said.

Hong Kong's Michael Cheng is three points behind in second after winning the final race of the day with a dramatic surge in the last 20 metres.

The windsurfing boys managed to start on time today at 12 noon with good winds averaging about 12 knots in the first race. There was a general recall after the first start as the majority of the fleet were over the line before the last minute gun. The next start was a clear start which saw the boys pumping hard and aggressively off the line.

Mayan Rafic (ISR), Kieran Martin (GBR) and Michael Cheng (HKG) started well in clear air with good acceleration off the line. In the end it was Martin who stole the show, leading the pack at the first rounding and eventually winning the first race with half a leg lead over the fleet.

Race two saw the wind easing off slightly throughout the race. It was a much more intense and exciting race as the top five boards were all very close to one another and there were many changes in positions throughout the race. It was Cheng who managed to pull away from the pack in the last 20 metres to the finish, winning the race in style. He was followed closely by Chaneui Kim (KOR) in second and Maxime Labat (FRA) in third.

Girls Techno 293 - Thailand's Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam is the new leader of the girls windsurfing on 14 points after her third race win of the series, one point clear of Singapore's Pei Lin, Audrey Yong, who lost ground after dropping her sail twice in race five.

"I am very proud of what I have achieved today," said Siripon. "I would be happy with a medal of any colour - gold, silver or bronze. I'm very glad. I would like to participate in the Olympic Games in the future," she continued.

The Girls Techno boards started in 10 -12 knots of wind and the windsurfers were just beginning to plane. Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) was zooming in the conditions that obviously suited her. She finished in first place with a comfortable lead.

It was a close fight for second between Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) and Anastasiua Valkevich (BLR) who exchanged positions on every leg of the race. Unfortunately for Audrey Pei Lin Yong (SIN), dropping her sail twice in the race had put her in fourth position despite a strong start. Eventually, Kaewduang-Ngam finished second with Valkevich close behind in third.

By the time race six started, the wind had dropped to six knots. All the girls were aggressive at the start line which resulted in seven OCS's in an 18-board fleet. The competition tamed down a notch after the OCS windsurfers were eliminated from the race.
It was definitely a disappointment for two of the culprits, Valkevich (BLR) who reached the top mark ahead, as well as Naomi Naomi Cohen (ISR) who was the leader going into today's racing. The Thai and Singaporean girls rounded the top mark with a good gap between them and the rest of the fleet. Kaewduang-Ngam took the bullet followed by Yong.

Friday - After a rest day, two more races were completed on the third day of racing in Singapore. The boys were the first to start, and once again 2 laps of a windward /leeward course, in variable and shifty winds. Race 5 was started in 12 knots, with occasional stronger gusts. It was another good day for Rafic Mayan (ISR), with a 2nd and a 4th, who remains top of the overall. A very mixed set of results from Kieran Martin (GBR) with a 1st and a 10th! However the stand out sailor was Michal Cheng (HKG) with a 1st and a 3rd, moving him into silver medal position in overall rankings.

In the girls fleet Neomi Cohen (ISR) had a day to forget, recording a 6th and OCS. Many girls fell foul at the start of race 6 - with 7 being flagged OCS. Local girl Audrey Yong did put in a consistant performance to bring her up to 2nd in the rankings. However sailor of the day was Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA) with a 1st and 2nd to put her top of the girls fleet.

Wednesday - Two more races were completed on the second day of racing in Singapore. Today the girls were the first to start, and as yesterday, 2 laps of a windward /leeward course, in light shifty winds faced the young racers. The most consistant performers today were Naomi Cohen (ISR), Valentina Serigos (ARG), and Anastasiya Valkevich (BLR) - each collecting 6 points from the two races.

In the boys it was a good day for Rafic Mayan (ISR), with a 1st and a 2nd, who will take over top slot in the rankings from Kieran Martin (GBR).  Meanwhile two other sailors will have improved their overall positions - Michael Cheng (HKG) and Artem Murashev (RUS) both with 7 points from todays races.

Tuesday - Racing got underway today in Singapore, with 2 races for both boys and girls. Light winds were the order of the day, 7>9 knots; and 2 laps of a windward/leeward course.

In the boys fleet Kieran Martin (GBR) will be very happy with a 1st and a 2nd place, but I am sure will not be complacent, with a quality field just behind him. That field includes Mayan Rafic (ISR), Michael Cheng Chun Leung (HKG) and current world silver medal holder Maxime Labat (FRA).

In the girls fleet Audrey Yong Pei Lin (SIN) will be the toast of the town, with a 1st in race 2, and will no doubt raise expectations of the host nation. She will also face very strong competition from current world champion Naomi Cohen (ISR) and world bronze medal winner Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) - all three girls finish the day on 5 points.

Saturday - Tonight the YOG was officially opened, with a spectacular Opening Ceremony in Singapore.

In his welcoming address to the competitors, officials and guests, Mr Ng Ser Miang (Chairman of the Organizing Committee) said: "Tonight, we witness the birth of the Youth Olympic Games and share with the world this historic moment. Tonight, we welcome 3,600 Young Olympians to Singapore; and over the next 12 days we will witness these outstanding talents from the 204 National Olympic Committees compete in 26 Olympic sports.

The Young Olympians will compete against each other in sports and they will also come together to take part in the Culture and Education Programme as friends and partners."


ISAF YOGBlog - Quotes from medallists as they step ashore

Rafic Mayan ISR cISAF
Boys Techno GOLD – Mayan Rafic (ISR)

"It's unbelieveable, I don’t have any words to descibe it, it's great, great, great!" 

Siripon Ngam THA cISAF
Girls Techno GOLD – Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam (THA)

"It's a lot of good experience and I've got to know a lot of friends. I've found out what it’s like to win and lose.”
I'm very proud of myself and I'm very proud of my country."

Audrey Yong SIN cISAF
Girls Techno BRONZE – Audrey Lin Pei Yong (SIN)

"Its pretty damn awesome winning a medal." Audrey has become a national heroine in Singapore!

Barbara Kendall
Visit From Mum Brings Out The Best In Israeli Windsurfer Mayan Rafic

Israel's Mayan Rafic enjoyed the perfect day at the National Sailing Centre on Monday, winning both races to stretch his lead in the Techno 293 Boys class - and doing so in front of his mother Michal, who had flown in from Israel to watch him.

"She comes with me to all the regattas in Israel, so I am very used to it. I like having her watch me," he said.   More . . .

Barbara Kendall
Wearing her crop top, board shorts, sunglasses and sports cap, recently retired New Zealand windsurfing legend Barbara Kendall could still pass for a competitor, but in Singapore she is staying on shore as a Youth Olympic Games athlete role model.  Kendall participated in five Olympic Games, picking up the full set of medals with a gold, silver and bronze.
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Hi I am Jeddy and I'm helping in the Twitter team for the windsurfing boys event! I wanted to help out in the windsurfing boy's event as I am also a windsurfer myself too.
Find out more about Jeddy and the Twitter team . . .

Jacques Rogge
IOC President and former Olympic sailor Jacques Rogge (BEL) believes the culture, education and sense of fun that have permeated the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games would benefit the summer Olympics.
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Siripon Kaewduang-ngam
Siripon Kaewduang-ngam (THA) already has an advantage in her bid to win a windsurfing gold medal at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Read more . . .

Kieran Martin
Previous Techno Under-15 World Champion Kieran Martin, and his Team GB windsurfing compatriot Jade Rogers, admit they are both feeling confident as the first day of competition gets underway today (Tuesday 17 August) at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. 
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Ezio Ferin
Class Chairman - Ezio Ferin

"Bruno was very helpful giving me a spare board and rig to be in the water with the kids during the practice. You know I like to be there, but I have see one more time how the kids appreciate to have one of the "adults" trying to feel what they feel. This makes us very close and I think is important. Another day I was able, also thanks to Bruno, to be on the water with the measurer boat, moving on the course areas.

News from the French Team

Chun Leung Michael Cheng
Chun Leung Michael Cheng (HKG) qualified for the Youth Olympic Games sailing competition by winning Techno 293 gold at the Asian Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, in April.
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 Naomi Cohen and Mayan Rafic Everyone loves winning, don't they? The same goes for Israel sailing champ, Naomi Cohen. It has been a nice string of victory for Naomi. She emerged top in the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Rome last April and just two weeks ago, she emerged victorious in the World Championships in Martigues, France.  
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 Darren Choy
Singapore's torch bearer and sailor Darren Choy runs toward the Youth Olympics Cauldron during the opening ceremony to mark the start of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore.

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