- 19 December 2011 | Windsurfing
Dorian van Rijsselberghe has conquered the 2011 RS:X World Windsurfing Championship title, after handling the pressure in the last day of competition of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Piotr Myszka, from Poland, was one point behind the Dutch at the start of the last race.
"It means satisfaction for the last three years," van Rjisselberghe said when he returned to Bathers Bay beach from the Centre Course. But it was by no means an easy race for any of the Men’s RS:X medal winners. Watch the exciting video highlights.
Myszka stayed close to his rival for the entire race, hoping van Rijsselberghe would falter. "I was with Dorian all the time but he was a little bit faster on the first upwind so I lost him there," Myszka said.
"I was waiting for some mistake, but he made none. He’s a world champion, he knows what to do and he protected himself really well. I couldn’t do anything."
Van Rijsselberghe said he was greatly impressed by Myszka’s performances during this week’s races: "He’s a great racer. It’s just unbelievable, you didn’t really see him at the beginning of the week and then all of a sudden he comes out [on Saturday] on top. He’s an amazing sailor and windsurfer. I have a lot of respect for the guy."
Myszka even risked injury to claim a medal: "I was pumping so hard that my hand opened on the boom and I fell down to the water! So I ended up racing with one hand. It was a dangerous moment."
But while the battle for gold prevailed, so too did the fight for the bronze, with Przemyslaw Miarczynski losing his third overall place to Israel’s Nimrod Mashich.
RS:X Men's World Windsurfing Championship 2011
1. NED8 Dorian van Rijsselberghe 33.0
2. POL82 Piotr Myszka 40.0
3. ISR21 Nimrod Mashiah 52.0
4. POL126 Przemyslaw Miarczinski 52.0
5. NZL151 JP Tobin 61.0
6. NZL181 Tom Ashley 64.0
7. GRE8 Byron Kokalanis 66.0
8. FRA6 Julien Bontemps 71.0
9. ESP7 Ivan Pastor 73.0
10. POR75 Joao Rodrigues 86.0