3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Posted by Chris

Day 3 Friday 22nd June 2012 

Conditions on Jiulong Lake (Nine Dragons Lake) were ideal when the 2012 Ski Nautique 200 CB pulled Seo Nana (KOR) on her first pass in the ten women trick finals. Fifth off the dock Saaya Hirosawa (JPN) improved on her first round performance with 3020 points as did 8-year old Aaliyah Yoong (MAS) with 2950.     Fifth off the dock Saaya Hirosawa (JPN) improved on her first round performance with 3020 points as did 8-year old Aaliyah Yoong (MAS) with 2950.

Sareeya Promsuntisit (THA) likewise improved with a score of 3280 to take the lead with just 3 skiers left. Third last off the dock Hiroko Komori tied the score of 3280 but with a better preliminary score took the lead over Promsuntisit securing at least the bronze medal. The young heir apparent Jiang Hui (CHN) put in a credible performance losing out again to Song Yufei’s (CHN), the defending champion,  whose 5380 points gave her gold for the second time.


Padiwat Jaemjan aka ‘Bomb’ competing in both wakeboard and tricks put in a creditable score of 1960 points to kick off the men’s trick finals.


Third off the dock ‘Jumping Jimmy’ Jeong Ji Min’s (KOR) score of 3180 set the



Maliki Zulkarnain (INA) improved on his first round with 3540, leaving him in a medal position when his Indonesian team mate Kadir Febrianto failed to beat this score.

Second last skier Cho Beomgeun just fell short of Jumping Jimmy’s score with 3170 leaving the final skier China’s, Shi Longfei to do the business. There were anxious moments until his score of 4410 flashed up on Swiss Timing’s, scoreboard with Longfei capturing goal.img_6394-men-trick-medalists-v2.jpg

Japan missed the event two years ago in Muscat but were in good form, with two women skiers and a woman wakeboard rider through to the finals. Unfortunately Miku Asai’s fall on her first wakeboard pass left the door wide open for the two Chinese women Chen L ili and Han Qui to win medals. Han Qui’s Moby Dick and Tantrum to Blind and score of 67.89 gave her the edge over Lili’s 57.78. Singapore’s hopes lay on Sasha Christian’s shoulders, whose score of 53.67 left her in 3rd place.     img_6417-women-wakeboard-medalists-v2.jpg

Jung Insang’s  score of 70.02  set a high benchmark for the remaining last five men finalists to achieve behind the 2012 Super Air Nautique 210. Third off the dock Ji Hoon (KOR) raised the bar further to 73.8m, which neither Lin Xiaojun (CHN) nor the penultimate skier Hong Kong’s Julien  Breistroff could emulate. Last off the dock Tatsanai Kuakoonrat pulled of an intense but smoothly executed run rising to the occasion to score 79.23 and capture gold.    img_6435-men-wakeboard-medalists-v2.jpg

The awards ceremony followed on site with the closing ceremony that evening back at the stadium. The OCA flag was lowered and passed to representatives from Phuket, Thailand, hosts for the 4th Asian Beach Games in 2014. The 3rd Asian Beach Games concluded with Olympic flame being extinguished.