Londres 2012, RS:X masculino. El holandés Van Rijsselberge gana el Oro antes de la Medal Race. En damas, Marina Alabau de España “casi” Oro

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Reporte RS:X Masculino

5 AUGUST 2012, 07:00 PM
Smiley Happy Dutchman Wraps It Up With Two To Go

Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) won gold with two races to spare in the Men’s RS:X after another exceptional performance today.

The Dutchman won Race 9 before pulling out of Race 10 having already sewn up the gold medal. On pulling out at the first mark Van Rijsselberge said, “I started, and then I felt I was in the way of the other guys so I made the decision to help out my fellow competitors.”

On his emotions after winning van Rijsselberge said, “Feeling good, feeling happy, jumping in the air. It’s good to show people you don’t have to be miserable.”

With an unassailable 22 point lead the Dutchman cannot be caught meaning 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. Despite missing out on the gold he aimed and hope for Dempsey was content, “I knew he’d won halfway through the first race. He deserves it,” he said. “I don’t feel too bad. It’s not like I lost it, more like he [van Rijsselberge] won it. He sailed better than me, and deserved to win.”

Although he was a good advantage and chance to hold onto silver the Brit is also very wary, “I don’t feel completely confident, there’s a lot that could go wrong.”

Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) trails Wilhelm by six points and will want to do the absolute most he can to take the only medal that’s eluded him so far in his career, an Olympic one.

The Men’s RS:X Medal Race takes place at 13:00 local time on 7 August on the Nothe Course.

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

Reporte RS:X Damas

5 AUGUST 2012, 02:25 PM
Alabau Extends But Tight Fight For Silver

Marina Alabau (ESP) will take a 14 point lead into the Women’s RS:X Medal Race whilst three points split places 2-5 making for an exciting race for the medals on Tuesday.

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. “It was my worst day but it was light winds and I gave it all I had. I am pretty happy with that,” said Korzits.

“I’m coming into the medal race full of adrenaline. I love adrenaline.”

Finland’s Petaja drew into contention in the lighter breeze and won the final race to move into bronze medal position. The Fin said, “Today was excellent. The lighter winds are not normally my speciality so I am particularly happy.”

Petaja has been consistent all week long with a discarded eighth her worst result and showed she can mix it up, “I’m really confident with my speed in heavy winds, and today I proved I can do it in the light winds,” she added.

Germany’s Moana Delle is third, one point behind the Israeli and Fin whilst Zofia Klepacka is fifth on 41 points.

The Women’s RS:X will contend their Medal Race at 14:00 local time on 7 August.

Top Five
1. Marina Alabau (ESP) – 24pts
2. Lee Korzits (ISR) – 38pts
3. Tuuli Petaja (FIN) – 38pts
4. Moana Delle (GER) – 39pts
5. Zofia Klepacka (POL) – 41pts

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