- 30 October 2012 | Windsurfing
Pawel Tarnowski and Neomi Cohen have claimed the 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, held in Penghu, Taiwan.
When he hit the water, Pawel Tarnowski was unconcerned that the wind was light and shifty. He knew that he just had to stay out of trouble and finish the medal race to make sure that his second RS:X Youth World Championships was in the bag.
The real battle was behind him. Kieran Martin had a 6-point deficit to make on Martin Olmeta. This would be an all or nothing effort. Win and give yourself the best chance or fumble the ball and be left wondering what might have been.
The last words his coach, Oli Woodcock, said to him as he left the boat to go to the starting area left Kieran in no doubt which of the two was required of him.
Kieran duly took the gun but Martin made it easy for him. He finished ninth just in front of Pawel.
Meanwhile, Yann Dupont was putting up a determined charge to take the fourth spot of Mattia Camboni. Job done.
In the Women's division, Saskia Sills went into the medal race with a narrow four point lead. She had to finish in the top three to secure her second world championship title for 2012. She finished fourth.
The chasing Neomi Cohen was not going to let such an opportunity pass. She pressed home her late charge for the title and took the medal race gun and in so doing snatched the title at the last gasp.
2012 RS:X Youth Men World Windsurfing Championships Final Results:
1. Pawel Tarnowski [POL] - 51
2. Kieran Martin [GBR] - 52
3. Martin Olmeta [FRA] - 62
4. Yann Dupont [FRA] - 67
5. Mattia Camboni [ITA] - 71
2012 RS:X Youth Women's World Windsurfing Championships Final Results:
1. Neomi Cohen [ISR] - 43
2. Saskia Sills [GBR] - 45
3. Jeanne Dantes [FRA] - 61
4. Anastasiya Valkevich [BLR] - 63
5. Shahar Tibi [ISR] - 64