HK windsurfer on tack towards medal

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2008, 12:00am

Hong Kong windsurfer Chan King-yin stayed on course for a medal yesterday as he cemented his second place overall with two strong finishes yesterday.

Racing under similar conditions to Monday - the first day of the windsurfing competition - the 25-year-old picked up a second and a fifth place in races three and four on the Qingdao sailing course, improving on his fourth- and fifth-place finishes in races one and two.

In the women's event, Vicky Chan Wai-kei rose one place to eighth overall. She finished sixth and 13th in her two races.

'The conditions were similar to the first day and we spent an hour on the shore to wait for the wind to start the race,' said team manager Daniel Lam Wing-chung. 'The wind speed was around 7 to 8 knots when we took to the water and the conditions suited our athletes.'

Chan King-yin started well in the first race, leading the pack to cross the first mark, but was soon caught by Shahar Zubari of Israel, who led the rest of the way to the finish line.

Zubari had a mediocre start in the next heat and had to work to the last for a third-place finish.

'[Chan] was not very consistent today,' said Hong Kong team coach Rene Appel. 'To me, consistency means being in the top three only.' But he said Chan was definitely a good sailor.

Zubari leads the 35-man field with eight penalty points to Chan's 16.

In the women's event, Yin Jian of China looked unstoppable, first- and second-place finishes leaving her on six penalty points.

Today is a rest day.