Tough task ahead for Juni-Nuraisyah in race to top 10

PETALING JAYA: It’s going to be an arduous challenge for sailors Juni Karimah Noor Jamali and Nuraisyah Jamil to get Malaysia into the top 10 medal race for the women’s 470 class sailing event.

Strong winds up to 20 knots lashed at Enoshima Yacht Harbor as the Tokyo Olympics debutants found themselves in 19th overall position after the first two races concluded yesterday.

Juni-Nuraisyah finished 18th and 20th in Race 1 and 2 respectively for a total of 38 points.

Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec-Ogar Jolanta got off to a superb start, winning both races to lead the women’s 470 class fleet with two points.

Sailing coach Sahir A. Rahim is hoping for his charges to make a stronger push in the next two races today.

“They needed some time to settle down in the heat and the strong wind around the venue,” said Sahir, who only prepared the duo at the Langkawi Sailing Centre in Kedah and also in Desaru, Johor because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy and Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif will return after a day’s rest to compete in the men’s Laser Standard and women’s Laser Radial respectively.

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