The winds were still on a sunny, 70 degree Olympic Day 9 on Guanabara Bay. And due to the wind, or lack thereof, Netherlands’ Dorian Van Rijsselberghe and France’s Charline Picon, racing in each of their respective RS:X classes, waited patiently for the breeze to pick up as the one and a half hour weather delay was lifted. They became the first Olympic sailing champions crowned at the Rio Games.
Meanwhile, all American crews that raced on Sunday have advanced to medal races or are in the top-10 overall standings heading into their respective medal races.
Men’s and women’s 470
The Americans keep on rising and strive for the podium.
Sunday proved to be a great day of racing for American men and women of the 470 class.
Team USA’s Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes climbed two more spots and rose from eighth overall to sixth overall with 42 net points. They are 28 points behind leaders Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia.
Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha of Team USA are ranked second overall and are only four points behind Great Britain’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, who have 20 net points. Gold medal favorites Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie from New Zealand are in seventh overall with 42 net points.
On Monday, Americans are scheduled to compete in the final three races of the opening series, and with continued success, Team USA will contend for a spot on the podium on Wednesday’s medal race in both 470 classes.
All Scott Giles has to do is participate and finish the medal race on Tuesday. He is 22 points ahead of second-place overall, Slovenia’s Vasilij Zogbar, who has 56 net points. Giles of Britain has clinched the gold medal, as no contender can score lower after the conclusion of the medal race.
American Caleb Paine‘s disqualification was overturned and his second place finish in race six held ground. New video evidence revealed that Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic stretched the truth after he filed protest against Paine in race six. Paine is now in medal contention in fourth-place overall heading into the medal race.