RS:X Windsurfing: chasing spots for Rio 2016 | Photo: Santander 2014

Nineteen male and 13 female windsurfers have secured spots in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, after the conclusion of the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, in Spain.

In the Men's medal race, Thomas Goyard showed impressive speed, took the bullet and the bronze medal, an outstanding achievement for the young Frenchman. Julien Bontemps finished behind his compatriot and sealed his second RS:X world title. Przemyslaw Miarczynski kept the silver medal.

Charline Picon, from France, tasted an early gold medal in the Women's RS:X, as leaderboards took shape in wonderful conditions in Santander. She was followed by Marina Alabau and Maayan Davidovich.

The remaining places in both divisions shall be qualified from the 2015 Class World Championship, and in a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by June 1st, 2016 at the latest.

The inclusion for the first time by ISAF of Continental Qualification Events in the Qualification Pathway is an opportunity to develop sailing around the world and reflect the IOC Qualification System Principles.

Key requirements of these principles are to ensure the participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.

Santander 2014 RS:X Class | Qualified Nations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Women's RS:X
1. China
2. Spain
3. Estonia
4. Finland
5. France
6. Great Britain
7. Israel
8. Italy
9. Mexico
10. The Netherlands
11. New Zealand
12. Poland
13. Russia

Men's RS:X
1. Argentina
2. China
3. Cyprus
4. Denmark
5. Spain
6. France
7. Great Britain
8. Germany
9. Greece
10. Israel
11. Italy
12. Japan
13. Lithuania
14. The Netherlands
15. Norway
16. New Zealand
17. Poland
18. Russia (Subject to IOC Confirmation)

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