Sailor Khairulnizam raises standard to show progress

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Sailing - Men's Laser - Opening Series - Enoshima Yacht Harbour - Tokyo, Japan - July 26, 2021. Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy of Malaysia in action. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

PETALING JAYA: Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy put up a better performance but still has some catching up to do in the laser standard event at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

After three races, the 28-year-old is now placed 28th in the overall standings with 40 points, but his coach Mohd Afendy Abdullah believes the race is still wide open in the Olympic Games sailing competition. “He performed better and he just made some mistakes in the last race. He should have gone towards the right side of the wind, but he moved left,” said Afendy. “There are seven more races left and I am positive he can do something.”

On Sunday, Khairulnizam finished 26th out of 35 sailors.

Finland’s Kaarle Tapper leads the standings with five points while Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic and Cyprus’ Pavlos Kontides are joint second with nine points.

France’s Jean Baptiste-Bernaz has 10 points to be in third.

Meanwhile, Nur Shazrin Mohd Latiff is 17th in the women’s laser radial overall standings after four races with 42 points.

Norway’s Line Flem Hoest tops the chart with seven points while Greece’s Vasilieia Karachaliou is second with nine.

Denmark’s Anne Marie-Rindom is third with 13.

For both the laser categories, only the top 10 with the lowest points will qualify for the medal race on Aug 1.

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