Singaporean kitefoiler Max Maeder crowned world champion; secures spot for 2024 Paris Olympics

This is the 16-year-old’s first senior world title at the Sailing World Championships.

Han Xinyi

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Published: 21 August 2023, 5:49 PM

Singaporean kitefoiler Max Maeder was crowned world champion at the Sailing World Championships in The Hague, the Netherlands on Saturday (Aug 19).

The 16-year-old captured his first senior world title after winning in the medal series’ open category. He competed against other top-ranking sailors like Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek and France’s Axel Mazella, but emerged victorious at the end of the finals’ three races.

Max had secured a spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics the day before, after he placed second at the Championships’ opening series.

He had also previously clinched other championship titles. Earlier in July, he competed in the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Under-21 Formula Kitefoiling Youth World Championships last month and defended his title as youth world champion.

The kitefoiler also clinched both Men’s and Under-19 Division Titles during the 2021 KiteFoil World Series Fuerteventura campaign.

Currently, Max is ranked seventh in the world and is nominated for the Singapore Sports Awards’ 2023 Sportsboy of the Year accolade.

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