Chuakun Shi: the Chinese bullet

China's Chuakun Shi sailed a near perfect week in the Men's RS:X, at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, to take a deserved gold medal.


The Chinese RS:X windsurfers were the standouts of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, as they locked out the opposition to take all six podium places in their category.

Only one sailor had chances to challenge for a medal. That sailor was Patrick Vos, from Australia, who did all he could, taking the Medal Race win and the minimum points available.

But the Chinese were too far ahead and a third place finish for Zhennan Fang was enough for him to hold on to the bronze medal. Chunzhuang Liu also did enough to protect his silver medal position.

The gold was safe in the hands of Chuankun Shi and he was thrilled after racing. "I feel so happy to have won here in Australia. I enjoy sailing here and I sailed well. The wind is great in Australia, so it makes for great sailing conditions, it's good fun."

In the Women's RS:X, there was never any doubt that China would win all three medals in the event. Manjia Zheng made certain the gold was hers after posting her ninth race win of the regatta.

"The wind was good over the past six days but today it was strong. I am better in the light, so I was a little scared at the start. It felt good to do well and to win overall", said Zheng.

Qiaoshan Weng finished a solid second and secured the silver medal whilst Qingdao gold medallist Peina Chen could not quite match her team mates and finished third overall despite sailing her worst race of the regatta.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2013 Results:

Men's RS:X
1. Chuakun Shi
2. Chunzhuang Liu
3. Zhennan Fang

Women's RS:X
1. Manjia Zheng
2. Qiaoshan Weng
3. Peina Chen