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China poised for Olympic Sailing history

by Rob Kothe on 19 Aug 2008
Yin Jian (CHN) Guy Nowell © http://www.guynowell.com
Hong Kong sailor Lee Lai-shan won Women’s windsurfing gold in Atlanta in 1996, showing that lightly framed Asian sailors had the physique to win on the ‘planks; and since then China has been hunting for medals. China has already won two Olympic silver medals in widsurfing, with Zhang Xiaodong in Barcelona in 1992 and Yin in Athens in 2004 and today's Laser Radial bronze won by Qingdao's own Lijia Xu .

This afternoon RS: X series leader Yin Jian (CHN) won the final race of the 2008 Beijing Olympic ten race RS: X sailing regatta afternoon, putting her five points ahead of Alessandra Sensini (ITA) who is just three points of Britain’s Bryony Shaw, with Australia’s Jessica Crisp, five points behind her.

In tomorrow’s Yin Jian will receive enormous support from China supporters, poised as she is to make Olympic sailing history. She is already a Chinese superstar, attracting more and more media in the post race scrum. She’s found it impossible to carry her windsurfer to the boat park because of the pressing media throng and tomorrow will be a huge day.

The RS:X Womens Medal race will possibly the most watched Olympic sailing event in history, and will for many of the audience be the first time they have watched a sailing event.

Perhaps it’s just as well that by their nature wind surfers do not lend themselves to match racing, because the sailor who pumps harder, goes faster and so the large crowds cheering for their local heroine will be spared the unedifying spectacle of the series leader hunting the second placed sailor and sailing them out of the regatta.

Yin Jian says ‘I am not confident in light conditions.’ but her competitors and her race result say otherwise.

Senseni was being realistic today when she commented ‘The Chinese girl is great in light wind and she is physically stronger than I am, so I will just have to go and try my best. ‘

The Australian Crisp, says ‘Yin Jian ands I are strongest in light winds, we pump hardest, so I might be fourth now but I know I can improve my position tomorrow.’


RS:X - Women - Overall Results
POS Country REP
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Net
1 CHN Jian Yin 1 1 1 3 3 -13 7 8 8 1 46 33
2 ITA Alessandra Sensini 6 2 9 1 -28 3 2 2 5 8 66 38
DSQ
3 GBR Bryony Shaw 4 3 11 6 -28 6 5 3 1 2 69 41
OCS
4 AUS Jessica Crisp 2 4 3 8 1 8 9 -14 6 5 60 46
5 ESP Marina Alabau 3 5 5 2 5 -11 8 5 4 9 57 46
6 NZL Barbara Kendall 12 7 12 4 2 4 3 6 13 -21 84 63
7 POL Zofia Klepacka -17 16 17 5 4 2 1 1 3 17 83 66
8 UKR Olga Maslivets 5 6 -14 11 10 1 4 12 12 12 87 73
9 HKG Wai Kei Chan 10 10 6 13 7 12 6 7 -14 4 89 75
10 ISR Maayan Davidovich 13 9 -20 9 13 14 16 4 9 10 117 97
11 FRA Faustine Merret 8 -28 10 7 11 19 17 18 7 3 128 100
DSQ
12 BUL Irina Konstantinova Bontemps -18 8 8 15 18 17 10 10 2 13 119 101
13 JPN Yasuko Kosuge 9 12 4 17 14 -18 18 11 10 7 120 102
14 NOR Jannicke Stalstrom 7 -28 2 12 9 10 15 13 21 18 135 107
DSQ
15 GRE Antonia Athena Frey 15 15 16 10 -19 5 11 9 15 11 126 107
16 FIN Tuuli Petaja 14 11 7 -16 16 16 12 16 11 14 133 117
17 CAN Nikola Girke 11 14 13 14 12 15 13 -28 18 15 153 125
DNF
18 BRA Patricia Freitas 20 13 15 -23 6 7 21 17 16 20 158 135
19 DEN Bettina Honor 21 18 21 18 20 9 14 15 -22 6 164 142
20 THA Napalai Tansai 16 17 18 -24 8 22 19 23 23 23 193 169
21 CYP Gavriella Chadjidamianou 19 22 23 22 15 23 -25 22 20 16 207 182
22 HUN Diana Detre 22 20 19 21 22 25 -26 20 17 19 211 185
23 MEX Demita Vega 23 21 25 25 17 21 20 19 19 -26 216 190
24 RUS Tatiana Bazyuk 24 23 24 19 21 20 22 21 -25 24 223 198
25 ARG Florencia Gutierrez 27 19 27 20 23 26 23 -28 24 27 244 216
DNF
26 USA Nancy Damian Rios 25 24 22 26 24 27 -28 28 26 22 252 224
DNF DNF
27 TUR Sedef Koktenturk 26 25 26 27 -28 24 24 28 27 25 260 232
OCS DNF
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