15-year-old Singaporean, Kyra Poh, retained first place in the junior freestyle event at this year’s Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) World Indoor Skydiving Championship 2017 in Laval, Canada yesterday.
The teenager won her event this year with a score of 64.1 over the seven round event, beating silver medalist Kayleigh Wittenburg of the United States by 0.9 points.
This is the School of the Arts (SOTA) student’s second gold medal at the FAI world championships, after she won the gold medal at last year’s world cup in Warsaw Poland.
She also bagged the silver medal in the dynamic two-way artistic category with training partner, 16-year-old Choo Yi Xuan. The duo were the only female pair among 22 participating teams and represented Team Firefly, which improved from coming in fourth place last year.
World champion Poh is no stranger to gold medals. She won four gold medals at the Australian Indoor Skydiving Championships 2017 in August. In February, she clinched two gold medals at the 2017 Wind Games in Spain.
The FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship is held annually and sees competitors perform a set routine in a wind tunnel with speeds up to 300km/h. Events are judged based on speed or artistic merit.