Plain sailing for Chans as they close in on gold

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 December, 2006, 12:00am

Chan King-yin and Vicky Chan Wai-kei put themselves in a strong position to win gold medals for Hong Kong in windsurfing when they won their third successive race and kept a clean sheet in the men's and women's mistral lightweight category.

Only one race was possible yesterday due to light winds and the Hong Kong duo made the most of their course knowledge - having been to Doha before - by winning race three in the 12-race series to stay in front of the opposition. 'I'm very happy. The wind was very light, but I can do better when the wind is stronger. My goal is to stay out in front,' said Chan.

Vicky Chan also continued to keep a tight grip on the overall standings with yesterday's win pushing her five points clear of closest rivals Onishi Fujiko of Japan and China's Chen Lina who are in joint second place. Hong Kong's other competitor, Ho Chi-ho, is lying in second place after finishing fourth in race three. He is five points behind China's Yao Xinhao.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Tong Yui-shing and Lo Kin-yee were lying in second place behind a Thail duo in the Hobie 16 class.