Ekta Yadav-Shaila Charls duo stays on top

Setbacks force the National Sailing School (Bhopal) pair out of day's two races.

The duo retained its lead despite setbacks.   -  K. KEERTHIVASAN

Despite a reversal of fortunes on Saturday, the National Sailing School (Bhopal) pair of Ekta Yadav and Shaila Charls stays on top after nine races at the sailing selection trials for the Asian Games.

After dominating the six races on the past three days, the duo’s boat capsized in the second race and in the third race the ‘kicker’ of the boat broke, forcing the girls to retire from both. However, the pair won the day’s first race.

Both incidents happened at the first downwind mark. Shaila said they would fight it out on the last day (Sunday). “We are disappointed, but we will make it,” she said.

It has been a memorable event for K.C. Ganapathy-Varun Thakkar (49er), Jerome Kumar (RS:X), Nethra Kumanan (laser radial), and Dayne Coelho (RS: One) as they have won all races so far.

The conditions were ideal contrary to what was predicted.


The results (overall, provisional): Men: laser 4.7: 1. Govind Bairagi (NSS, Bhopal), 2. Aniketh Rajaram (TNSA), 3. Sathish Yadav (NSS, Bhopal).

Laser radial: 1. Nethra Kumanan (TNSA), 2. Ramya Saravanan (CSEC, Pune), 3. Tanu Bisen (NSS, Bhopal).

Laser standard: 1. Vishnu Saravanan (AYN), 2. Upamanyu Dutta (INWTC, Mumbai), 3. Mohit Saini (AYN).

470: 1. Ayaz Shaikh-Mahesh Yadav (AYN), 2. Atul Lande-C.H.S. Redy (AYN), 3. Virender Singh-Navneet Vishwakarma (INWTC, Mumbai).

49er: K.C. Ganapathy-Varun Thakkar (TNSA), 2. Sandeep Jain-Munna Pandit (AYN), 3. Narender Singh-S.R. Rout (AYN).

RS: One: 1. Dayne Coelho (GBSA), 2. Rahul Chaudhary (INWTC, Goa), 3. Kedar Nath Tiwari (EMESC, Bhopal).

RS: X: 1. Jerome Kumar (AYN), 2. Kore Manoj (AYN), 3. Manpreet Singh (AYN).

Optimist: 1. R. Neelanand (TNSA), 2. Aashish Vishwakarma (NSS, Bhopal), 3. Uma Chouhan (NSS, Bhopal).

Women: 49erFX: 1. Ekta Yadav-Shaila Charls (NSS, Bhopal), 2. Varsha Goutham-Sweta Shervegar (AMS Sailing Foundation), 3. Jayalakshmi Sundaravadivel-N. Aishwarya (TNSA).

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