- 06 August 2012 | Windsurfing
Dorian Van Rijsselberge has won the gold medal at the Men's RS:X Olympic windsurfing event.
The flying Dutchman has secured the top place in the podium, three races before the end of the competition. Van Rijsselberge never placed outside the best three and pulled out of Race 10, after having already confirmed gold.
The race is on for silver. Nick Dempsey currently holds second place, ahead of Germany's Toni Wilhelm. Germany have the chance to win two medals. Something that they have never managed in windsurfing before.
Moana Delle is one point behind, in fourth, in the RS:X Women's event and has sailed consistently well over 10 races, just like Tuuli Petaja, from Finland. Even if only one of them make it in to the medals tomorrow, the form book will have been upset.
If they both do, all predictions that the final podium places would be shared between Lee Kozits, Zofia Klepacka and Marina Alabau will have been smashed.
Marina Alabau will take a 14 point lead into the Women's RS:X Medal Race, so will only have to sail to her normal form to win gold.
The Spaniard had a sixth in Race 9 and a third in Race 10 to further extend her lead. Israel's Lee Korzits struggled in the light breeze finishing with a ninth and an 11th. Nonetheless, she managed to hold onto second place, tied on 38 points with Tuuli Petaja.
Germany has not won a windsurfing medal since Amelie Lux won a silver, in Sydney, at the 2000 Olympic Regatta. Finland have never done so.
In fact, Tuuli has only once stepped on to the podium at an RS:X Championships, in the last four years, and that was in a reduced field in Madeira at the 2012 RS:X European Championships.