- 06 July 2014 | Windsurfing
Piotr Myszka and Charline Picon have stolen the gold medals at the 2014 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, in Cesme, Turkey.
The final day of competition brought the double-point medal race, for both Men and Women divisions, in 20-to-25 knot winds. The top 10 windsurfing teams were set based on the eight races on the leaderboard. Who would make it to the podium?
In the RS:X Men, Piotr Myszka had to somewhere in the middle of the first 10 places to secure gold, but a crash with teammate Tarnowski threw both of them into the water.
Myszka had to come back strong. With Bontemps leading the race, the gold medal was at stake. With unbelievable strength and bold moves, Myszka pushed hard and soon caught the fleet up and managed to finish in sixth place, enough to secure him the gold medal by two points.
Bontemps kept ahead to win the medal race and claimed the silver medal, with the bronze going to another Polish athlete Miarczynski.
In the RS:X Women's fleet, Charline Picon had guaranteed herself a medal but, behind her, nothing was sealed, and points were so tight that six athletes had a chance to make it to the podium.
Picon didn't start well, but she found her rhythm and sailed through the fleet to win the medal race. In the end, there were no changes in the leaderboard behind her, with Alabau going home with silver and Klepacka keeping bronze.
Wind conditions got worse, which meant no more races. The Youth fleets remained unchanged, with Poland's Furmanski winning the Men and Israel's Tibi conquering Women.