Hyderabad, Jul 12: Preethi Kongara of Hyderabad clinched Gold while Lakshmi Nookarathnam won Silver at the Telangana Sailing Regatta Sub-Junior Championships held at the Yacht Club of Hyderabad Hussain Sagar, here on Friday.
Preethi and Lakshmi had reserved Gold and Silver while Lakshmi almost lost her second position to Jhansi Priya Laveti when she finished a terrible 18th position. Jhansi won the last race taking the competition down to the wire losing silver by just 3 points. However, she fought hard and retained her second position.
Preethi got 7 wins out of 12 and had a stupendous margin of 35 points over her nearest rival Lakshmi, both students of the Yacht Club of Hyderabad.
After the end of 12 races, girls performed exceptionally well and grabbed the top 5 positions. They also secured 7th and 10th positions sweeping 7 of the top 10 positions.
Ravali Parandi, who was placed at Bronze with a 2 point lead over Jhansi Priya had a bad race with a capsize. And she had to concede the medal to Jhansi who won the race to clinch Bronze with a 11 point lead.
Meanwhile, the Boys saw Mahesh Gudde of Mahboobnagar winning the Gold with 110 points followed by Ajay Gajji and Karthick Neenavath of Vikarabad with 127 and 139 points winning Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
Sirisha Kerre of Mahboobnagar finished 7th overall and clinched the most promising Girl award after defeating the experienced sailors, while in boys Harshavardhan of Vikarabad grabbed the most promising Boy Sailor award.
“I have been with the sport of sailing for 50 years and have never seen such an outstanding precision performances by girls who seem to have some magical understanding with the wind shifts of Hussain Sagar”, said Lt Gen KS Rao , the President of the Telangana Sailing Association.
“Feels great to have some good sailing but the challenge lies ahead at the Monsoon Regatta where the entire National fleet from Bhopal, Bangalore, Chennai and Bombay will be here. The Telangana Sailors need to perform then at the end of July for all this to have any meaning “, said Suheim Sheikh Coach and President of the Yacht Club of Hyderabad. (UNI)