Injury plagues Kiteboarder

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Local kiteboarder, Tiger Tyson, finished a disappointing 16th at the recently concluded Slalom Youth World Championship title on China’s tropical island of Hainan.
The Twin Tape Racing (TT:R) competition which ran from May 4 to May 8, served as the final stage for Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifiers.
Tyson who already qualified for the YOG was a clear favorite to win the boys (TT:R) competition but suffered a minor injury on his last day of racing as a result of a crash.
“There were only two-and-a-half days of racing. Had some bad luck and a really bad crash which led to an injury so I didn’t get a great result,’ said Tyson when contacted by OBSERVER media after the event.
“I was pushing hard and my foot strap broke….My legs got smashed. I’m okay…Limping a little bit but nothing major.”
Deury Croniel of the Dominican Republic claimed the top prize while China’s Haoren Zhang settled for the silver.
Lorenzo Calcano also of the Dominican Republic finished third.
The Island Academy student, despite the disappointing result, will now have to put his focus on the Youth Olympic Games in October in Argentina.
Tyson was sponsored by Ozone Kites, Axis Kiteboarding, Leech Eye Wear and S/Y Lotus.
He will return home on Sunday.

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