Shazrin out of medal race, eyes Asiad next

PETALING JAYA: National sailor Nur Shazrin Latif is out of the laser radial medal race but she can still be proud of her efforts in Tokyo.

She finished 26th out of 44 sailors at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour yesterday after collecting 194 points in ten races.

On the final day of qualification, the 23-year-old finished 16th in race nine and 15th in race ten. Her best finish was in the first race when she finished third.

It’s a better outing than her Olympics debut in Rio five years ago where she finished 33rd out of 37 sailors.

A happy Shazrin admitted though that more work was needed to be better in future Games.

“Most of our training programmes that we planned didn’t happen because of Covid-19 pandemic, but I’ve improved. I hope to get more opportunities to train overseas,” she said.

“My fitness and boat handling have to be better too. I want to prepare for the Asian Games and close the gap with top-class sailors. People say that I’m only good in light wind conditions, so perception has to change. I want to become a sailor who can withstand any conditions.”

Meanwhile, Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy completed his Olympics campaign by finishing 28th out of 35 sailors with 196 points in laser standard.

As for the 470 race, Malaysia’s duo Nuraisyah Jamil and Juni Karimah Nor Jamali are currently 20th in the overall standings after finishing 20th in races five and six. They have four more races to go.

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