29 JULY 2012, 05:34 PM
Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN) Owns The Day
Denmark’s Jonas Hogh Christensen owned the day in the Finn class on the opening races of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
With two race wins the Dane dominated the proceedings from the start of Race 1 in front of the Nothe spectator area and led from start to finish. He was equally as dominant in the second race on Weymouth Bay West, again leading from the start.
Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) were the personification of consistency as the Brit finished second twice whilst the Croatian ended up in third place in both races.
Ainslie is aiming to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time and eclipse Hogh Christensen’s compatriot Paul Elvstrom and his name was heard several times by media and fans throughout the world. Hogh Christensen said, “I don’t know if the spirit of Paul [Elvstrom] was with me today but when you’re out there you don’t give that too much thought. It was a great day. I got the shifts right with some good starts and had a great day with great weather and a great crowd.”
With 5,000 fans packed on the Nothe spectator course the Dane made the most of the day, “It was a great experience and good fun. You feel like a football player walking into a major football stadium.
“It was a great day but Ben and Ivan are close behind and we’re very early in the regatta and got to keep cool and take it one day at a time and focus on tomorrow.”
On Hogh Christensen Ainslie commented, “I think he was on a hotline to Paul Elvstrom today. He sailed fantastically well so all credit to him and we’ll see how things develop for the rest of the week.”
Beijing 2008 Finn silver medallist Zach Railey (USA) didn’t have the best day finishing with a 10th and 15th place finish. On his performance the American said, “I just didn’t have a great race. There is not much to say about the second race. Just brush it off and move on to the rest of the week. I am just going to worry about the third race. There is a lot more to go in the regatta. Then I will concentrate on the fourth race.”
Florian Raudaschl (AUT) is following in the footsteps of his father Hubert who has sailed at nine Olympic Games. Florian is at his first Olympic Games and after his sixth and 19th he said, “Sailing is a family tradition and it is also my dream to compete and I started sailing really late, at age 19 but finally I made it to the Olympic Games and it’s worth it.
“My parents were watching the first race today for sure, so I’m sure they’re proud and I will talk to them this evening.”
The Finns continue tomorrow starting at 13:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay West course.
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