Other sports: Monsoon finishes second in third SSL Gold Cup race

PETALING JAYA: Olympian Nuraisyah Jamil (pictured) has praised her team’s efforts despite not having the best of starts in the Star Sailors League (SSL) Gold Cup qualifiers in Switzerland.

In Friday’s third of six races, South African Ubuntu collected three points to finish first in 48:16 while Malaysia’s Monsoon bagged two points, 1:27 behind. India came third, 2:20 behind.

Nuraisyah, 26, regretted their inability to get off to a good start in the race.

“Although we finished second, we could have done better if we had got off to a good start.

“Boat speed and such were good, but that was just because the boats were too close to each other.

“Other than that, there were no glaring issues to address.

“We know what happened and as we go forward we hope to get a decent stride for the next race. So hopefully the Malaysians wish us well in our campaign,” she said. .

Ubuntu‘s second victory saw them take the lead in Group 7 with three races remaining.

Even though Ubuntu and Monsoon both have seven points, the Africans are in the lead after taking two wins and a third place finish while the Malaysians picked up a win and finished second twice.

Only the top two teams from the eight groups will participate in the final series which will take place from October 28 to November 20 in Bahrain.

The 12 teams that have earned their place are Antigua and Barbuda, Estonia, Ireland, Tahiti, Slovenia, Lithuania, Portugal, Czech Republic, Chile, Peru, Oman and Cuba.

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Steven L. Nielsen