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Kitefoiler Maximilian Maeder secures Singapore’s first Gold Medal at Hangzhou Asian Games

Singaporean kitefoiler Maximilian Maeder made history at the Hangzhou Asian Games, securing the nation’s inaugural gold medal in the men’s formula kite event.

The 17-year-old sensation’s flawless performance, sweeping all 16 races, ignited enthusiasm in Singapore’s sports scene during his Asian Games debut on September 27.

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NINGBO, CHINA: The Hangzhou Asian Games witnessed a remarkable moment in Singaporean sports history as 17-year-old kitefoiling sensation Maximilian Maeder clinched Singapore’s first gold medal on Wednesday (27 Sep).

Maeder’s stellar performance in the men’s formula kite event sent waves of excitement through Singapore’s sporting community.

Making his debut at the Asian Games, Maeder showcased his exceptional skills by dominating all 16 races leading up to the final.

However, Mother Nature had different plans as the eagerly anticipated final was abruptly cancelled on Wednesday due to adverse weather conditions.

Nevertheless, the cancellation meant that Maeder secured the coveted gold medal, etching his name in the annals of Asian Games history.

Maeder’s ascent to success had been steadily building throughout the year, with his previous triumph being a gold medal in the men’s kite event at the Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands just last month.

Furthermore, his impressive results at the Hangzhou Asian Games secured a quota spot for Singapore at the 2024 Paris Olympics, ensuring the nation’s representation in this thrilling sport on the world’s biggest stage.

The day’s success for Singapore didn’t end with Maeder’s historic gold.

Earlier in the day, Victoria Chan added to Singapore’s medal tally by securing a bronze in the Women’s ILCA 6 event, despite her medal race also being canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

This remarkable achievement came on the heels of an exceptional Tuesday, where Singaporean sailors clinched two silver and two bronze medals in various categories.

Justin Liu and Denise Lim, sailing in the Nacra 17 class, Isaac Goh in boys’ ILCA 4, and Keira Carlyle in girls’ ILCA 4, all contributed to Singapore’s growing medal collection.

Additionally, Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low formed an unstoppable duo in the women’s 49erFX event, earning Singapore even more accolades.

Comparatively, the 2018 Asian Games saw Singapore’s sailing contingent secure one gold and one bronze medal.

However, this year’s performance is shaping up to be a grand spectacle, with Singapore already boasting a significant haul of medals.

The nation currently stands at four golds, four silvers, and 14 bronzes, showcasing their diverse sporting prowess across various disciplines.

It’s important to note that Singapore’s journey at the Hangzhou Asian Games began with wushu exponent Kimberly Ong clinching a bronze medal in the women’s changquan event, marking the nation’s initial medal triumph at this prestigious sporting event.

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Wonderful news!

Let’s hope Shanti will achieve a double gold in the 100m and 200m sprints. But based on her sterling achievement in 2023 so far, she should at the very least bemedal for both sprints.

She just must be mindful of DQ at the start.

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