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Ashley wins RS-X Gold for New Zealand

by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World on 20 Aug 2008
Gold Medal winner Tom Ashley 2008 Olympics RS:X Mens © Richard Gladwell www.richardgladwell.com
Tom Ashley has just won the RS:X Gold medal at Qingdao. Stay tuned to Sail-World.Com for pictures, audio and reports of the race, medal ceremony as these take place.

Sail-World NZ was on the water for the race and has exclusive photographs.

Ashley, the reigning World Champion, sailed a near flawless race from a port tack start to win a tight three-way contest for gold. It is the first Olympic gold medal in sailing won by New Zealand since Barbara Kendall's victory in the Women’s Windsurfer event at Barcelona 1992. Frenchman Julien Bontemps finished one place behind Ashley in today’s Medal Race to take silver, whilst Israel’s Shahar Zubari edged out Nick Dempsey (GBR) to win bronze.

Surrounded by the entire New Zealand team Tom called home from a mobile phone, but it was a bad line and he had to call twice more to get his winning message through.

Then he talked to the yachting media. He said 'I’ve done it!! It’s the most incredible feeling and I can’t begin to tell you how I feel right now. ‘I’ve been working towards this for many years. It was an insanely tough medal race. The weather had a little of everything.I just concentrated on sailing as consistently as I could’

Julien Bontemps (FRA) ‘It was great for me to get the Silver. All my teammates and coaches were watching the race, so I was full of confidence.

Israeli Shahar Zubari had a large support group who lifted him on his board, as he came ashore. He said ‘I feel so happy. I am only 20 and I feel like a superstar. I even painted my nails especially for this event.

When I came across the finish line, I counted all the points and realised I’d won bronze. I am going to get drunk tonight.’


RS:X - Men - Overall Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POS

Country

Rep

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Medal Race

Total

Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

NZL

Tom Ashley

4

7

7

1

5

5

3

6

8

-32

6

84

52

2

FRA

Julien Bontemps

-13

1

5

4

10

8

2

10

2

3

8

66

53

3

ISR

Shahar Zubari

1

3

1

3

17

6

-19

18

1

4

4

77

58

4

GBR

Nick Dempsey

11

9

3

2

1

7

-17

5

3

5

14

77

60

5

BRA

Ricardo Santos

12

6

13

7

6

3

6

7

5

-33

12

110

77

6

HKG

King Yin Chan

5

4

2

5

3

-33

21

27

7

8

2

117

84

7

CHN

Aichen Wang

2

8

9

16

2

14

-22

14

19

1

10

117

95

8

GRE

Nikolas Kaklamanakis

10

2

12

11

8

10

5

-15

10

7

22

112

97

OCS

9

ESP

Ivan Pastor Lafuente

8

13

-18

18

16

9

4

4

6

15

16

127

109

10

JPN

Makoto Tomizawa

6

20

6

14

7

23

8

-36

12

2

18

152

116

DSQ

11

POR

Joao Rodrigues

18

10

10

8

14

16

9

3

13

-19

 

120

101

12

UKR

Maxim Oberemko

3

16

4

9

13

11

24

-36

11

12

 

139

103

DSQ

 

13

CYP

Andreas Cariolou

7

17

14

10

11

17

11

-19

14

10

 

130

111

14

SUI

Richard Stauffacher

9

11

11

13

9

18

15

8

17

-22

 

133

111

15

NED

Casper Bouman

20

-27

21

22

4

1

1

2

20

21

 

139

112

16

POL

Przemyslaw Miarczynski

17

21

-27

20

15

2

7

1

15

18

 

143

116

17

MEX

David Mier y Teran

16

5

17

6

12

-29

23

21

4

25

 

158

129

18

KOR

Taehoon Lee

22

14

20

15

20

-25

13

11

9

9

 

158

133

19

HUN

Aron Gadorfalvi

15

19

16

12

24

-26

10

9

18

13

 

162

136

20

ITA

Fabian Heidegger

14

12

8

17

18

13

18

-24

21

17

 

162

138

21

ARG

Mariano Reutemann

-25

18

19

23

25

15

16

16

16

20

 

193

168

22

TUR

Ertugrul Icingir

-36

28

15

19

27

19

12

23

23

6

 

208

172

DSQ

 

23

CAN

Zachary Plavsic

23

25

22

21

-30

12

26

12

29

11

 

211

181

24

DEN

Jonas Kaeldso

28

26

30

29

-35

4

14

13

34

23

 

236

201

25

THA

Ek Boonsawad

19

15

28

25

19

24

-33

20

27

26

 

236

203

26

USA

Ben Barger

21

22

24

26

26

-32

25

17

25

31

 

249

217

27

INA

I Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana

24

24

23

27

22

31

28

30

-36

16

 

261

225

DNF

 

28

BLR

Mikalai Zhukavets

27

23

26

24

29

21

-32

26

26

27

 

261

229

29

VEN

Carlos Flores

32

33

33

-35

21

22

27

28

22

14

 

267

232

30

SVK

Patrik Pollak

26

30

25

30

23

28

-31

29

28

24

 

274

243

31

TPE

Hao Chang

31

29

31

28

28

20

34

-36

24

35

 

296

260

DNF

 

32

CRO

Luka Mratovic

29

32

-34

33

34

34

20

22

32

29

 

299

265

33

EST

Johannes Ahun

-34

34

32

34

31

30

29

25

30

28

 

307

273

34

RUS

Alexey Tokarev

33

31

-35

32

32

27

30

31

33

30

 

314

279

35

COL

Santiago Grillo

30

35

29

31

33

35

35

-36

31

34

 

329

293

DNF



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