- 08 August 2014 | Windsurfing
Dorian van Rijsselberge and Charline Picon dominated the RS:X races at Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014, in Pão de Açucar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Despite the light winds in the test event programme of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, van Rijsselberge was able to snatch gold in the Men's RS:X by finishing fourth in the medal race.
"It's good for my self-esteem. We've taken in knowledge this whole week, from the wind, the waves, the current and all the little things you need to recognise next time you come back," the Dutchman explains.
Dorian van Rijsselberge ended up ten points clear of Pierre Le Coq who took second in the medal race to clinch silver whilst Piotr Myszka picked up bronze.
In the Women's division, Charline Picon took a 16-point lead into the final day and stylishly sealed gold with a medal race bullet. The French racer mastered Rio's conditions and finished within the top five in every race.
"I was not so confident this morning because light winds aren't my favourite conditions. I know I had to finish in the top eight, but I had a very good start and fought for the win. I pushed very hard with a lot of pumping and put everything into it," adds Picon.
All RS:X windsurfers will now travel to the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship, where 50% of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition spots will be decided.