Singaporean Kyra Poh gets silver medal in world skydiving championship’s open category

Kyra Poh wins silver in the solo freestyle open category of the FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship in Lille, France. (PHOTO: iFly Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Singaporean skydiver Kyra Poh has clinched the silver medal in the solo freestyle open category of the third FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship, indoor skydiving facility iFly Singapore said in a statement on Monday (22 April).

The 16-year-old, who won gold for the solo freestyle junior category in the 2015 and 2017 Championships, was neck-to-neck with Germany’s Rafael Schwaiger down to the last round of the biennial competition held in Lille, France. The tie was settled after a jump-off round with a mere 0.1 mark difference.

“I’m very happy with my solo freestyle performance…Any of the top 10 flyers could have won, so I’m really happy that I managed to stay focused, and performed consistently to bring home the silver medal for Singapore,” said Kyra, who took part in the open category despite qualifying for the junior category.

Kyra and Choo Yi Xuan, 17, competed as one-half of Team Firefly in the dynamic 2-way event and were placed fifth in the competition of 22 teams.

Yi Xuan also participated in the solo freestyle junior category for the first time at the Championship and took fourth place.

“We could do better in our dynamic 2-way event but are glad that our routine scored the highest for technical difficulty…I was disappointed with my performance for the solo event, but this was a good learning experience for me to understand how to do better,” Yi Xuan said.

Watch the video below of Kyra and Yi Xuan performing a routine in iFly Singapore in April 2016 similar to the one that helped them win first place in the 2-way artistic category at the 2016 Bodyflight World Challenge, the world’s largest indoor skydiving competition.

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