China took all six podium places in the RS:X.
A strong northerly breeze met athletes at Sandringham Yacht Club for the final day and medal races of ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne. With gusts over 20 knots there were thrills and spills aplenty on the Stadium course as fans gathered on the Yacht Club balcony to enjoy the spectacle.
The RS:X men's fleet was dominated by the Chinese athletes with only one sailor in with a chance to challenge for a medal. That sailor was Patrick Vos from Australia who did all he could, taking the Medal Race win and the minimum points available. But the Chinese were too far ahead and a third place finish for Zhennan Fang was enough for him to hold on to the bronze medal. Chunzhuang Liu also did enough to protect his silver medal position.
The gold was safe in the hands of Chuankun Shi and he was thrilled after racing. "I feel so happy to have won here in Australia," said Shi. "I enjoy sailing here and I sailed well. The wind is great in Australia, so it makes for great sailing conditions, it's good fun."