Chan's medal hopes suffer

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 August, 2008, 12:00am

Windsurfer Chan King-yin's medal hopes took a nosedive yesterday when the Hong Kong boardsailor suffered his poorest result since the regatta started at the Qingdao Sailing Centre last week.

A heavy downpour hit the marina yesterday and, coupled with strong winds, caused difficulties for Chan, who finished in 33rd and 21st places in his two races.

That meant Chan, better known as 'Ah Ying', dropped from his lofty second overall place to fifth in the 35-strong fleet.

The drop would have been more precipitous but he was able to discard the 33rd-place finish.

He now has penalty points in this competition where the lowest score wins. New Zealander Tom Ashley took over the lead with 25 points and Julien Bontemps of France is second with 30.

Shahar Zubari of Israel, leader after the first five races, dropped to third place with 31 points.

In the women's event Vicky Chan Wai-kei finished 12th and sixth in her two races respectively and is ninth in the overall standings.

The final races are set for today.