Today saw 2 more races completed in China and as we near the end its definitely all still to play for. With 1 more race before the all important medal race it is building up to be a dramatic finish for both fleets.
For those that don\’t know, in Olympic regattas the last race is extra important. Know is the medal race, it is only for the top 10 racers after all 10 rounds have been completed. Firstly its worth double points, secondly racers HAVE to count it, no discard, and lastly any ties in points are decided on the results of the last race. All this means its not over until its over!
In the womens fleet Jlan Yin looked to have everything under control with a string of 1st places in the first few races. However a day of wind changed the order quickly and now seasoned Olympian Alessandra Sensini has taken over the lead. With just 2 points in it though for sure it will come down to the last race. Battle just behind them are Marina Alabau (Spain) and Britains Bryony Shaw. Again only 2 points in it, and with Jessica Crisp breathing down both of their necks its all quite close for the medals.
A similar situation has developed in the mens fleet. Early leader Shahar Zubari (Israel) had a healthy lead but after a few shocking results he is back in 4. The top 3 after 9 races are Tom Ashley (nzl) in first, Britain\’s Nick Dempsey in 2nd and Julien Bontemps (fra) in 3rd. Just 4 points separate all 3 and all 3 are carrying at least 1 poor result. It looks like all 3 medal positions could come down to the final race. All very exciting!
Tomorrow sees the last normal race and then Wednesday is the all important medal race. If you want to follow the action live check out the ISAF website, which includes mark rounding and live results.