Singapore and Poland take home gold from The Hague

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The 2021 silver and bronze medallists elevated to gold and silver respectively this year. Julia Damasiewicz (POL) scored a string of first and second places to record a very deserved victory on the foiling kite, while Héloïse Pégourié (FRA) was similarly comfortable in second place. Derin Atakan (TUR) took bronze for Turkey.

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"I missed the gold last year but this time it has come good," said Damasiewicz. "I was on fire today, five races and five bullets so a nice way to finish the regatta. Congratulations to all the competitors, we all did really well and the standard is getting better and better."

A very happy Julia Damasiewicz (POL). Photo credits: World Sailing/Sailing Energy

Gold: Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 
Silver: Héloïse Pégourié (FRA) 
Bronze: Derin Atakan (TUR)

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Repeat gold and silver medals from 2021 for Max Maeder (SGP) and Riccardo Pianosi (ITA) respectively. In a similar pattern to last year’s event in Oman, the Italian was getting the better of his arch rival in the early stages. But on Wednesday in the stronger breeze, Maeder re-exerted his experience to score a string of bullets which saw the 15-year-old from Singapore back into gold, the 16-year-old Pianosi again with silver. Young as they are, these two have many more Youth Worlds battles ahead of them. In a distant bronze was Jakub Jurkowski (POL).

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"Hats off to everyone," said Maeder. "The level has gone up so much since last year. I want to congratulate everyone, especially Riccardo. He gave me a real run for my money. It’s taken this championship to a whole new level and I look forward to it getting even bigger in the future."

Max Maeder (SGP) in the trademark face cover. Photo credits: World Sailing/Sailing Energy

Gold: Max Maeder (SGP)
Silver: Riccardo Pianosi (ITA)
Bronze: Jakub Jurkowski (POL)