Sailing: Singapore’s Ryan Lo and Amanda Ng advance to Tokyo Olympics after Mussanah Open wins

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SINGAPORE: Laser sailor Ryan Lo and windsurfer Amanda Ng earned their places at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, after winning their respective events at the Mussanah Open Championship on Thursday, April 8.

Lo won five of 10 races in the first five days of fleet racing in Oman, finishing 7th in the medal race on the final day.

The 24-year-old finished the competition with a net score of 31 points. This places him ahead of the Indian Vishnu Saravanan (53) and the Thai Keerati Bualong (57).

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The event served as an Asian qualifier for the Olympics, with the top two sailors in Lo’s event securing a qualifying spot.

The Asian qualifiers were scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi but have been postponed twice since March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2018 Asian Games bronze medalist Lo was recently based on the Spanish island of Lanzarote as he prepared to stage a qualifying campaign for his first Games.

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Ng, who had to finish first in her event to qualify for the Games, took on a challenge from Filipino Charizanne Napa and finished first in her medal race. She has also won seven of the previous 12 races.

Ng finished with a net score of 17 points ahead of Napa who had 24 points.

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This will be Ng’s second Olympic Games, after competing in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she placed 20th in the women’s 470 event with Jovina Choo.

Lo and Ng will join compatriots Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low who have already qualified for the 49erFX in Tokyo.

The Olympics, which have been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on July 23.

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