Olimpics: Day 2

Men Fleet:

Shahar Zubari (ISR) consolidated his position today with a win and a third place to establish an 8 point cushions on King Yin Chan (HKG) who also had a good day and retains his second place overall

Tom Ashley (NZL) moves up to third but it is julien Bontemps (FRA), now sitting in 4th who looks the most threatening. When the discard comes into play, he will be either in a medal position or close enough to cause concern to others.

Nick Dempsey (GBR) had a good day today posting a second and a third and after the rest day tomorrow will be determined to repeat the performance on Thursday to put himself in contention for a medal.

For the rest, Nikos Kaklamanakis (GRE) faded today and looks out of medal contention barring miracles as does Ricardo Santos (BRA) and Joao Rodrigues (POR) who must be out there fighting for an honourable result. Sadly after all this time close to the top, Joao seems destines to never take an Olympic medal home to Madeira. Whilst Bimba (BRA) must be thinking that he had his best chance in Athens last time only to blow it on the last run.

Still where there is life there is hope and this regatta has a long way to go. So its chin up and fight on for him. Take it one race at a time and make evert one weigh the heaviest possible in your favour.

Women Fleet:

At the top of the leader board, Jian Yin (CHN) sits supreme having scored a 1st and a 3rd in the two races today.

Its behind her that things look more interesting. For Jian has a seven point cushion and is in control of the game. However Marina Alabau (ESP) has moved up from 5th equal to 2nd which is closer to what is expected of her.

Jessica Crisp (AUS) has slipped to 3rd but is in no way worried if she manages to maintain her consistency for when she drops her 8th place in the 2nd race of today she will be looking good for a podium place.

Behind her Alessandra Sensini (ITA) and Bryony Shaw (GBR) have some work to do if they are to fulfill their Olympic dreams. Barbara Kendall (NZL) is giving it everything she can but in 6th place and 18 points adrift 3rd place, the game is not really in her hands any more.

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