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Sailing: Singapore’s Lim, Siew seal silver at 420 Worlds in Spain

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July 30, 2013: Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew of Singapore secured the ladies’ silver medal after winning the final race at the 420 World Championship in Valencia, Spain. Annabel Cattermole and Bryony Bennett-Lloyd of the UK won the gold.

 

Last year, the young Singaporean duo finished fourth overall and also won the William Sanchez Trophy for the top under-16 team, and this year they competed among 77 strong international ladies’ teams.

 

Prior to the 420 Worlds, Lim and Siew had been in several training camps and key events in Europe for four weeks, notably the ISAF Youth Worlds in Limassol, Cyprus, where they finished fourth after being in a podium position for most of the event.

 

In Valencia, the Singapore pair started the 12th and final race in fifth position and it was a tense encounter, with the top six teams all close on points.

 

Savannah Siew (left) and Kimberly Lim won silver among 77 ladies' teams at the 420 World Championship in Valencia.

Savannah Siew (left) and Kimberly Lim won silver among 77 ladies’ teams at the 420 World Championship in Valencia.

Rising to the occasion, Lim and Siew sailed a brilliant finale to win the race and climb to second ahead of Italy’s Sara Scotto Di Venttimo and Vittoria Barbiero, and last year’s silver medallists from Chile, Nadja Horwitz and Carmina Malsch.

 

“Going into the last race in fifth position, the girls remained focused and gave their best, and they definitely deserve the race win,” coach Jackson Ho said. “This silver medal achievement will spur the rest of the team to continue working hard for future events.”

 

Singapore’s other girls’ pairs of Elisa Yukie Yokoyama and Jazlene Ong, and Jillian Lee and Samantha Neubronner finished 17th and 24th respectively out of 77 entries.

 

The boys’ teams of Jonathan Yeo and Tan Jen-E, and Andrew Tang and Edward Lim finished 27th and 31st respectively out of 100 entries in the Open Fleet.

 

Rupert Ong, Vice President SSF overseeing High Performance, said: “Fantastic performance from our 420 sailors. They have steadily progressed through the junior and youth systems and this caps a fine month of performances by the teams competing in the major world and continental events.

 

“The performances also reflect the strong coaching development in place, as our 420 team coach Jackson has been developed over the past years and has only taken on this coaching position late last year in SSF’s ongoing coach rotation and succession. He has big shoes to fill, but has already worked with his charges to deliver consistent all-round performances.”

 

The 420 is a key pathway class for youth sailors before they go into the bigger Olympic 470 class. Singapore clinched first and third positions in last year’s 420 Worlds and some of those sailors have since moved onto Olympic classes.

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