Shazrin off to a good start, Khairulnizam struggles

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian sailors Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif and Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy experienced contrasting fortunes on the first day of competition at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

The 23-year-old Shazrin got off to a reasonably good start in laser radial when she came in 11th in the field of 44 sailors after two races.

She set a blistering pace in the first race to finish third but slipped to 25th in the second.

Shazrin has 28 points now with eight more races to go. Only the top 10 with the lowest points will qualify for the medal race on Aug 1.

The lass, who trains under coach Hafizi Roslee, hopes to be consistent.

“The second race was bad. I didn’t have a good start, and I had to play catch-up, which was too late,” she said.

“The first race was good. I made sure there was a good gap from the chasing pack after getting off to a good start.

“I have to get off to good starts in all the future races.”

Germany’s Svenja Weger tops the standing after two races with six points and Denmark’s 2016 Rio bronze medalist Anna Marie-Rindom is second with 11 points. Croatia’s Elena Vorobeva is in third with 13 points.

It was bad from the start for Khairulnizam when he completed his first race in laser standard at 26th spot with 26 points.

The top three finishers were France’s Jean Baptiste Bernaz, Finland’s Kaarle Tapper and Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard.

The race, however, was postponed after poor wind conditions halted the second race of the laser standard.

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