16th Asian Games - Guangzhou 2010

16th Asian Games Crowns Champions in China...
From ISAF
22 Nov 2010 Guangzhou, China: While there was little or no sailing coverage either on TV or the Internet, we have finally found this summary by ISAF. Strange circumstances have led to an information breakdown with only very brief class round-ups after the medal races have been run at the end of the competition. Really pathetic for this multi billion $$ extravaganza and ranked 2nd in size to the Olympic Games.

The medallists have been decided at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou China. The home nation came out on top with eleven medals including four gold's. Thailand was next on the medal table with three gold medals adding to their total of eight. 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship silver medallist Keerati Bualong (THA) hung on to the gold medal in the open Laser Radial event. Hisaki Nagai from Japan was three points behind with the silver medal and Scott Glen Sydney (SIN) was another three points behind with the bronze. Thailand also won the gold medal in the other open event, the Hobie 16. Damrongsak Vongtim and Kitsada Vongtim won eight races from their twelve race series to beat Joohyun Jun and Gweon Jeong (KOR) into the silver meal position. The podium was completed by Wee Chin Teo and Ming Ho Wong (SIN). Korea won their only gold medal in the men's Laser event with Jeemin Ha holding off Colin Cheng from Singapore. The brozne medal went to Huichao Chen (CHN).

Japan did the double in the men's and women's 470 events with Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata sweeping to victory in the women's fleet. posting ten race wins from the eleven race series. The silver medal went to Liping Cai and Yang Gao (CHN) with Dawn Xiaodan Liu and Siobhan Shiu Wun Tam (SIN) the bronze. Ryunosuke Harada and Yuugo Yoshida won gold in the men's event ahead of Weidong Wang and Daokun Deng (CHN). Daeyoung Kim and Sungahn Jung (KOR) complete the top three with the bronze medal.

Singapore achieved the same feat in the two 420 events. Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng (SIN) won the men's gold medal whilst Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low took the women's title. Malaysia picked up the silver emdal in the women's event bronze in the men's. Khairunnisa Afendy, who finished in eighth place at the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds won the silver medal sailing with Norashikin Binti Mohamad Sayed fought of the challenge of the Chinese crew Mengxi Wei and Haiyan Gao to the very end to secure the silver medal for Malaysia.

In the match racing event, veteran sailor Farokh Tarapore led India to the silver medal behind Wataru Sakamoto's Japanese team. Tarapore made his first Asian Games appearance in 1982 where he won the gold medal in the Fireball, he went on to win bronze medals in 1986, 1990 and 1994. Sakamoto's team, fresh from victory at the Asian Match Racing Championships won their gold with a convincing 3-0 record in the final. South Korea claimed the bronze medal.

King Yin Chan (HKG) finished the championship in style and knocked I Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana from Indonesia of his perch by posting three race wins in the final three races. The podium was completed by Fuwen Yao (CHN). Ning Wang continued to dominate the women's Mistral fleet with nine race wins from twelve races to win the gold medal from Hei Man Chan (HKG) and Napalai Tansai from Thailand.

Aichen Wang (HKG) dominated proceedings from day one with nine wins from twelve races to finish on thirteen points. Silver medallist Ek Boonsawad (THA) finihsed on 32 points just one ahead of bronze medallist Taehoon Lee (KOR) who pulled it out of the bag in the final races to leapfrog Makoto from Japan. Sasa Sun (CHN) claimed gold in the women's RS:X ahead of Wai Kei Chan (HKG) and 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds athlete Sarocha Prumprai (THA).

There was tough competition in the men's Optimist fleet with just eight points separating the top four sailors. Xiaotian Zhang clinched the gold medal ahead of Ali Sabri Khan from Malaysia with Ryan Lo winning the bronze medal for Singapore. In the girl's fleet the gold medal went to Thailand with Noppakao Poonpat on top of the podium. the Silver medal went to Kimberly Lim (SIN) and Yuting Lu from the home nation, China.

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16th Asian Games - SAIL for GOLD - SingSail16th Asian Games - In full swing but sailing coverage is disgraceful !!!
17 Nov 2010: The sailing program at the Guangzhou Asian Games has been going full tilt since the beginning of the week in Shanwei. Despite six Astro Supersport Channels beaming out live sports coverage and daily highlights on Satellite TV the media coverage on the internet is virtually non existent. The Sailing Results can be found on the 16th Asian Games website or more directly from http://www.gz2010.cn/info/ENG_ENG/ZZ/ZZS103A_SA@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ENG.html but there are NO daily summary/written reports, photos, progressive overall scores or video's to be seen. Other than these race results the closest anyone comes to finding out what's going on, outside of China, is by intercepting a few individual Facebook comments and Shu Fen's SingSail Twitters are posting provisional race results and short daily summery's of there sailors progress on their Asian Games - SAIL for GOLD microsite. Despite the games being a multi billion $$ extravaganza and ranked 2nd in size to the Olympic Games, there is nothing on the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF), ISAF or GAGOC websites. Chun Qu assured us that Shi Qing will be updating the outside media via the ASAF site. This is a disgrace!!!! Especially since they declined our AY MultiMedia services many months ago, as it was all under control and using the old BOB media team. They just don't get it! Do they?

16th Asian Games declared open...
16th Asian Games
What a Wonderful World the internet has turned into. We finished the R du R game, just in time for the 16th Asian Games multi billion $$ Opening Ceremony extravaganza, live on Astro SuperSport direct from Guangzhou, China. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rushed back from the G20 Seoul Summit in South Korea to declare open the Games in the middle of the Pearl River on Haixinsha Island, to the thunderous explosion of a massive fireworks display on near-by residential buildings and the 610-metre high Canton Tower as a backdrop. Nearly 10,000 athletes from 45 countries will be contesting 42 sports. Other countries should check your local TV listings. We hope to see some sailing when it starts next week. Eight dinghy, four windsurfing, one Hobie catamaran class and match racing in J80 keelboats will be taking place at the Guangdong Ocean Sports Training Centre (GOSTC) in Shanwei, China in conjunction with the Chinese Yachting Association from November 12-27. Although China is expected to dominate the games, the Malaysian Olympic Council based on the recent Commonwealth Games medal haul are targeting 9 maybe 10 gold medals at these games. The MYA Sailing Team are a little more optimistic and aiming for five medals in the dinghy classes and after the recent Malaysian Match Racing Championship hope the keelboat team have garnered enough experience to finish on the podium. From all reports, we have been assured that daily updates and photos will be posted on the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) and the official Guangzhou Asian Games websites.

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