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Windsurfing: HK’s Cheng Kwok-fai wins RS:One Asian title in Singapore

Cheng Kwok-fai added the RS:One Asian crown to his world title. Photos: Howie Photography.

Cheng Kwok-fai added the RS:One Asian crown to his world title. Photos: Howie Photography.

January 25, 2015: Cheng Kwok-fai of Hong Kong won the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship men’s title in Singapore on Sunday, while China’s Li Xiaoyan extended her lead over Hong Kong’s Ngai Wai-yan to take home the women’s title.

 

Cheng, the 2014 RS:One World Championship winner, proved unbeatable, with 10 wins in 12 races after only two races were held on Sunday in the RS:One, RS:X and Techno 293 classes due to a second straight day of massive wind shifts and gusts.

 

In the RS:X class, Thailand’s Phattharadanai Chinain and compatriot Natthaphong Phonnoppharat (THA 6) finished the event tied on points, with Phattharadanai prevailing in the tiebreaker. Singapore’s Leonard Ong pipped Indonesia’s Oka Sulaksana to take home the bronze medal.

 

Thailand’s Siripon Kaenduangngam won the women’s title, with Audrey Yong of Singapore securing silver and Indonesia’s Rio Hoiriyah taking bronze.

 

Competitors on the start line on the second day of action.

Competitors on the start line on the second day of action.

In the youth division, Kensei Ikeda of Japan was untouchable, finishing way ahead of second-placed Syadine Arethusa of Indonesia, while Singapore’s Ruth Mow finished third.

 

In the Techno 293 class, China’s Dong Zhaoguan and Chen Yujie won the gold medals in the youth boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively. Aung Thein Oo of Myanmar won the Techno Junior Boy title, while Yui Tamura of Japan won the girls’ title.

 

In the Formula class, 2007 Southeast Asian Games Bronze medalist Joshua Choo of Singapore won the title with three wins in five races, while compatriot Joe Chua secured victory in the Raceboard class.

 

The five-day event attracted 100 entries from 10 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

 

Source: Windsurfing Association of Singapore; Editing by SportAsia

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