Yael Paz and Stefaniya Elfutina triumph in Tavira

July 19, 2014 | Windsurfing
Yael Paz: his opponent was devastated | Photo: Neuza Aires Pereira/ISAF Youth Worlds

Yael Paz and Stefaniya Elfutina have taken out the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal.

In the last day of competition, Paz held on to take gold after a nervy finish. With three races sailed Mattia Camboni reduced Paz's four-point lead to one in Race 10 with a bullet.

One place separated them in Race 11 with two points the difference going into the showdown. The mathematics had been done before Race 12 and Camboni needed to put two places between him and Paz.

As Camboni stormed through to take the final race bullet he quickly turned to view the action behind him and was left downhearted when the Israeli crossed in second to seal gold. Radoslaw Furmanski picked up bronze.

"It's a great feeling, and it was a tough race and really tight at the end but I'm so glad I won. It was massive pressure but in the end I managed to deal with it and I feel great and can't wait to talk to everyone back home," says Yael Paz.

In the women's competition, Stefaniya Elfutina dethroned Shi Hongmei to claim a hard fought gold medal. It all boiled down to the final race, and a nervy Elfutina was unsure whether or not she had won ashore. When the results were published, a scream of joy from Elfutina echoed across the boat park and beyond.

"I feel happy. It's all such a good feeling, and I don't believe it yet. It's like a dream, and it's my second World Championship win and I love it. This is one more step to my dream of being at the Olympics and being in the adult world," concludes the Russian windsurfer.

2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship | Tavira

RS:X Men
1. Yael Paz
2. Mattia Camboni
3. Radoslaw Furmanski

RS:X Women
1. Stefaniya Elfutina
2. Shi Hongmei
3. Marta Maggetti

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