LONDON 2012: Dorian Takes Gold
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) has won gold with two
races to spare in the Men's RS:X event after putting in
an awesome performance that noone else could live with.
Never placing oustide the top 3, the Dutchman won
Race 9 before pulling out of Race 10 having already sewn
up the gold medal. His unassailable 22 point lead cannot be caught.
The race is on for silver. Nick Dempsey (GBR) currently holds second place on 35 points which is 11 ahead of Germany's Toni Wilhelm.
Toni must have been disappointed in his results yesterday only managing to post a 15th and a 13th to release the pressure on Nick. But if he holds on to the bronze medal position he will be well pleased with his regatta.
Germany have the chance to medal twice in fact. Something that they have never managed in windsurfing before.
Moana Delle [GER] is one point behind in 4th in the RS:X Women's event and has sailed consistently well over 10 races as has Tuuli Petaja [FIN]. Even If only one of them make it in to the medals tomorrow, the form book will have been upset. If they both do, all predictions that the final podium places would be shared between Lee Kozits [ISR], Zofia Klepacka [POL] and Marina Alabau [ESP} will have been smashed.
Marina Alabau (ESP) will take a 14 point lead into the Women's RS:X Medal Race tomorrow so will only have to sail to her normal form to win gold. Three points split places 2-5 and 6 cover 2-6 so there is all to play for. The Spaniard had a sixth in Race 9 and a third in Race 10 to further extend her lead. Israel's Lee Korzits struggled in the light breeze finishing with a ninth and an 11th; nonetheless she managed to hold onto second place, tied on 38 points with Tuuli Petaja.
Germany has not won a windsurfing medal since Amelie Lux won a silver in Sydney at the 2000 Olympic Regatta. Finland have never done so. In fact Tuuli has only once stepped on to the podium at an RS:X championship in the last four years and that was in a reduced field in Madeira and the 2012 RS:X European Championships
Back in 6th, Olga Maslivets [UKR] is in with a shout. Upsets happen in the double points medal race and Olga will be determined to make the most of this opportunity.
Monday is a layday, the medal race for the RS:X Men is Tuesday.
RS:X Women Top Five
1. Marina Alabau (ESP) - 24pts
2. Lee Korzits (ISR) - 38pts
3. Tuuli Petaja (FIN) - 38pts
4. Moana Delle [GER] - 39pts
5. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka - 41pts
RS:X Men Top Five:
1. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) - 13pts
2. Nick Dempsey (GBR) - 35pts
3. Toni Wilhelm (GER) - 46pts
4. Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] -52pts
5. Byron Kokalanis [GRE] - 65pts