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Cheng finishes fourth in first Olympic race

Meanwhile Cheng's counterpart, women's laser radial sailor Elizabeth Yin, is currently in 34th position out of 41. -TNP
Delinjit Singh

Thu, Aug 02, 2012
The New Paper

Colin Cheng tamed the Weymouth winds to record an impressive fourth-place finish in his first race at the 2012 Olympics on Monday.

The men's standard laser sailor (right) finished 45 seconds behind winner of the first race, Guatemala's Juan Ignacio Maegli Aguero, who came home in 57 minutes 10 seconds.

Said Cheng: "To finish fourth in a race at the Olympics in fresh breeze and waves was unbelievable.

"I'm reasonably happy to have got the first day out of the way without any shockers."

SingaporeSailing high performance manager Chung Pei Ming described the 22-year-old's showing in the first race as a "fantastic result."

He said: "I'm surprised to see how he managed to come in a strong position in a strong fleet of the world's best sailors."

In the day's second race, Cheng finished 25th out of 49 sailors.

It leaves the University of New South Wales student in 15th place on 29 points. Tom Slingsby of Australia leads the standings with three points, after finishing second and first in the two races.

Weather conditions permitting, there are eight races to go, with the top 10 then taking part in the medal race.

When The New Paper asked Chung about Cheng's chances, he said: "We have to take it one race at a time and not get too excited.

"A couple more results like Colin managed in the first race and he could get up there."

Cheng added: "It is a long regatta. I hope I can maintain the intensity and put in more good results for the coming races."

Meanwhile Cheng's counterpart, women's laser radial sailor Elizabeth Yin, is currently in 34th position out of 41.

She finished her first race in 34th, before improving to 27th in the second race. The sailing programme continues today.

In gymnastics action on Monday, Lim Heem Wei finished 45th out of a field of 60 in the women's artistic qualification.

She scored 13.333 in the vault, 12.400 in the uneven bars, 13.033 in the balance beam and 12.033 on the floor to record an overall score of 50.799, a personal best.

This despite fumbling on the first tumbling pass for the floor exercise.

Said the 23-year-old's coach, Yuan Kexia: "Heem Wei put up a good performance here in London, and even though we were a little bit disappointed in the floor rotation, she still performed up to her standard."

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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