Nick Dempsey: he loves gold medals

The Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 is all over. Windsurfers had a serious test for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in London, UK.

The penultimate race of the day was the RS:X Men. Spain’s Ivan Pastor jumped the gun, but it had no effect on the race as he started the day in tenth place. The medal battle belonged to Nick Dempsey and JP Tobin.

The pair fought each other all the way round the course, eventually leaving all but Nimrod Mashiah in their wake. The points were so close it was a simple matter of winner takes all and it was Dempsey who crossed the line just ahead of Tobin to take home gold. The Kiwi had to settle for silver and Dorian van Rijsselberge secured bronze from the charging Israeli with a fourth place.

"It feels brilliant. We’ve had some pretty similar conditions most days so it’s been immensely tight. JP (Tobin) and Dorian (van Rijsselberge) have been sailing amazingly, so I couldn’t really put a foot wrong as they made it very difficult. But to finish off like that was amazing. That race is kind of what it’s been like all week, so it’s been tough but it’s a really good result", says Nick Dempsey.

The RS:X Women saw a storming performance from the bronze medallist in Beijing, Bryony Shaw. But Shaw hadn’t done enough earlier in the week for her medal race win to get her anywhere near the podium – finishing eighth overall - and the real battle was fought behind her.

The gold was decided between Poland’s Zofia Klepacka and Spain’s Marina Alabau - on equal points heading into the medal race. It went to Alabau with a solid second behind Shaw, Klepacka only managing a sixth to end up with silver.

The bronze went to Lee Korzits, who beat Maja Dziarnowska by the one place she required to get third – the pair were last and second to last.

"The conditions were perfect today, we had really nice wind and sun so it was just perfect. I think today was about 15 knots and I feel really confident with these conditions so it was good. This was the first selection event for the Olympics and also the selection for the Pre-Olympics so that here in Weymouth and Portland is my next big event", says Marina Alabau.

Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 results:

RS:X Men After Medal Race
1. GBR 1 – DEMPSEY Nick (28pts)
2. NZL 151 – TOBIN Jp (29pts)
3. NED 8 – VAN RIJSSELBERGE Dorian (40pts)

RS:X Women After Medal Race
1. ESP 5 - ALABAU Marina (37pts)
2. POL 8 – KLEPACKA Zofia (45pts)
3. ISR 1111 – KORZITS Lee (66pts)