Kokkalanis and Wu secure gold medals in Qingdao

October 21, 2014 | Windsurfing
Byron Kokkalanis: mind the buoy | Photo: ISAF

Byron Kokkalanis and Jiahui Wu have stolen the gold medals on offer at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao, held in China.

Aichen Wang or Max Oberemko? The only doubt in the medal race was to know who would keep silver and bronze, in the Men's RS:X competition. Kokkalanis had already sealed the deal.

Oberemko stayed at the front of the fleet but Wang was persistent and kept up with his pace. Oberemko edged away from Wang as the race played out but unfortunately for the Russian, Wang was also extending his advantage over third place.

Oberemko took the bullet and Wang came through with a comfortable second to seal silver. Kokkalanis stayed out of their way throughout the race with a relaxed demeanour on the race course.

"It feels really nice to be in Qingdao, the venue of the Beijing Olympics, and win an event like this. It was a really nice experience to see the place, the marina, the feeling and knowing it hosted such a big event," expressed Kokkalanis.

"To see the conditions that everybody was talking about, that it was really hard, humid and light winds. Basically the period now is the best and it’s a really nice temperature. It was an amazing week. We had all sorts of conditions so it was one of the best regattas I’ve had this year."

In the Women's division, Jiahui Wu took gold, holding off Olga Maslivets in the medal race to seal the deal. The Chinese sailor moved into pole position the day prior after Maslivets received a disqualification.

Sun came through in fifth compared to Maslivets' seventh that ensured she finished 11.4 points ahead of the Russian. Hongmei Shi took bronze by just a single point over Mei Hao.

"The weather and wind has been good. I have tried my best throughout the whole competition and I feel really good about winning. I have been confident throughout the competition," revealed Wu.

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