SINGAPORE – Kiteboarding will make its debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024 and Singaporean kitefoiler Maximilian Maeder, 15, has already observed tighter competitors within the class in current months.
But the eager contest from his rivals couldn’t deter Maximilian from powering his technique to a gold medal forward of 67 rivals at the French Olympic Week which ended on Saturday (April 30).
Held in Hyeres, a French city on the Mediterranean coast, the French Olympic Week is an annual crusing regatta. This was the 53rd version of the competitors.
Maximilian, who’s at the moment ranked seventh on the planet, racked up 24.1 nett factors after 20 qualification races, serving to him prime the sphere forward of Frenchman Axel Mazella (39pts), a silver medallist on the planet championship final yr.
Despite his tender age, Maximilian maintained his type for the 14-strong medal race and clinched the title forward of two males who have been crusing on house waters – 25-year-old Mazella and 28-year-old Maxime Nocher, a a number of world champion.
Maximilian informed The Straits Times after his victory: “I’m delighted to have received it. This (profitable) feeling by no means will get outdated. I felt that it was such a good subject. Now that this occasion is within the Olympics, the competitors may be very tight. I can see that everybody is paying extra consideration to what they’re doing earlier than and in the course of the races.
“The speed has risen up and the margins are so small now. There is no room for error.”
Frenchman Theo de Ramecourt, the reigning world champion within the Formula Kite class, completed sixth whereas present world No. 1 Riccardo Pianosi from Italy, completed eighth.
Maximilian loved a breakthrough 2021, when he received two youth world championships in July and December, and the Formula Kite European Championships in September. He additionally grew to become the lads’s world No. 1 in his occasion for the primary time final September, forward of 149 opponents from over 20 nations.
Before final Saturday’s victory in France, Maximilian had received March’s Formula Kite Asia Pacific Championships in Thailand.
He will now put together for the May 16-22 Formula Kite Youth World Championships in Sardinia, Italy, the place he hopes to proceed his good type.
He stated: “To be honest, I think I’ve exceeded my own expectations so far. I hope to be at the peak for the Olympic qualifiers (next year). Going to the Olympics is prestigious and it’s my biggest goal but it’s all about the journey and what I learn along the way is important as well.”
Meanwhile, within the ILCA 7 (previously often called the Laser Standard occasion), Singapore sailor Ryan Lo, who competed within the Olympics final yr, completed eleventh out of 129 sailors.