The Medal Race places at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères have been decided as the penultimate day brought drama and early victories across the ten Olympic events.
Poland’s Piotr Myszka took gold in the Men’s RS:X with a day to spare following an exceptional week of racing.
In the 15 race series Myszka has taken no fewer than eight race victories and is in a good place ahead of a busy summer featuring European and World Championship racing.
Providing Pawel Tarnowski (POL) completes the Medal Race he will pick up silver. Six points separate Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL), in third, and Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) in fourth so it will go down to the Medal Race for the bronze.
It will be a three horse Medal Race showdown in the Women’s RS:X between Maja Dziarnowska (POL), Jiahui Wu (CHN) and Germany’s Moana Delle.
The Polish sailor leads on 61 points whilst the Chinese and German racers are tied on 63 points. All three have guaranteed themselves medals but it’s going to be a winner take all fight in the Medal Race.
“It’s been a pleasure to race here and I’m happy to have the yellow jersey,” said Dziarnowska, “It’s been good for me. I like flat water and strong winds. I will fight with Moana and the Chinese sailor in tomorrow’s Medal Race.”
moana-delle-2It could be a golden ending for Delle as the Medal Race will serve as her final RS:X race. Delle, who finished fifth at London 2012, will want to leave the scene well as she returns to her studies, “It’s my last regatta, and after this I’m going to finish my Olympic sailing career. For me it’s special to finish off my career well. I’ll try to enjoy my last race and enjoy it one last time.
“I’m going to finish my degree. Windsurfing will always be a part of my life, I’m going to go on to short boarding but it’s not going to be Olympic RS:X windsurfing anymore.”
On the week she concluded, “It’s Hyeres at its best, I’ve never seen it this beautiful. It’s a World Cup, it’s a strong fleet and there are the best racers in the world here. The girls are fighting closely.”
The RS:X Medal races will start on Saturday, 26th April at 11:00 (Hyeres time).