06 February 18 The Straits Times by LESTER WONG
She is still only 15 but indoor skydiver Kyra Poh added two more golds to her burgeoning medal collection on Sunday at the 2018 Wind Games in Girona, Spain, matching her haul from last year's event.
The Singaporean retained the solo freestyle title she won last year, scoring 547.80 points over four rounds to beat 12 other competitors. Kyra and compatriot Choo Yi Xuan then teamed up with Polish pair Josh Ruiz-Velasco and Andrzej Soltyk to bag the four-way speed gold in a cumulative time of 285.625 seconds, a mixed-gender category requiring participants to complete diving sequences in the fastest time possible.
In the freestyle category, participants perform their own routines, and are judged on their style, creativity, originality and the difficulty of their stunts.
"There was a lot more pressure on me this year coming back as defending champion, and the standard of this year's competition was very high. I'm really proud I managed to defend my gold," said Kyra. "With Andrzej and Josh, the fastest male indoor skydiving pairing in the world, we knew we would be a formidable team.
"We were really excited when we formed Team Nemesis with them during the competition (last month) at Lyon , where we won gold on our debut."
Kyra's other gold-medal defence did not fare as well, as she finished fifth in the solo speed category.
Making her individual debut, Yi Xuan, 16, finished fourth in the solo freestyle and 10th in the solo speed.
Aside from winning two golds at last year's Wind Games, Kyra also won four golds at the Australian Indoor Skydiving Championships in August and was crowned the top freestyle junior at the biennial World Indoor Skydiving Championships in October.
The School of the Arts student is one of 10 finalists for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award. The winner will be announced today.