Johal in 23rd place in sailing

August 11th, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 11 (IANS) India’s Nachhatar Singh Johal remained with the rear pack in the 23rd position among 26 competitors after six races in the sailing event of the Beijing Olympics Monday. Johal has so far conceded 86 net penalty points and was only ahead of the Czech Republic’s Michael Maier (95), Peng Zhang (97) of China and Venezuela’s Senen Bilbao (111).

Two races were held Monday, with Johal putting up an improved performance in race 5 where he gave 11 penalty points to take the fifth spot after starting from the Qindao Olympic Sailing Centre.

But the Indian failed to retain the momentum in race six where he gave as many as 24 penalty points to find himself in the 24th slot.

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain was in the lead, having conceded 17 penalty points.

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