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IN a superb follow-up to his victory in the world RS:One championship in Boracay last December, Geylord Coveta narrowly beat reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Sulaksana Oka of Indonesia to capture the Singapore Open/Asian Windsurfing RS:One crown in Singapore last Sunday.
According to national coach Raul Lazo, Coveta had the lowest penalty points in seven races with 19, two less than runner-up Oka’s 21, and six up on Thailand bronze medalist Phonnoparap Natthap (25) in the event held in the waters overlooking the National Resort and Country Club Seaports Centre.
“There were supposed to be eight races but it was reduced to seven because of the lack of winds on the final day of the competition,” said Lazo, who has been coaching the 30-year-old Anilao, Batangas native for the past six years.
Filipino windsurfers had a field day in the 13-nation competition, Lazo added, with Harold Madrigal, 18, and Yancy Kaibigan, 16, finishing 1-2 in the espoir (junior) event of the RS:One division.
Madrigal had 26 points to bag the gold while Kaibigan had 32 for the silver. Indonesia’s Shasha Krishna (84) was a distant third.