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Seventh day of regattas in Sagami Bay that closes Ángel Granda’s participation in the Olympic Games with a fifth place in the Medal Race, tenth overall; the skiffs leave their classification ready for the auction of the Medal Race with Botín and López Marra third in 49er and Echegoyen and Barceló fourth in 49er FX. Nacra 17 and Finn still have to fight another day of fleet testing with Cardona in second position and Pacheco-Trittel in fifth.

Intense day in Enoshima in a final stretch of the Olympic Games that is filled with emotion test by test. The six classes that have competed today have done so under highly variable and unstable wind conditions, saving race courses mined by pressure drops that have put the tactical capabilities of all sailors to the test.

Angel Granda
Angel Granda – Maria Muiña

Ángel Granda, RS: X Male, closes his participation in the Tokyo Olympics with a 5th place in the Medal Race, tenth overall. The safety of the gold has not stopped the Dutch Kiran Badloe who finishes his results with a second place, leaving the silver in the hands of the Frenchman Thomas Goyard despite his out of line in the grand final. The Italian Mattia Camboni missed the bronze by also incurring off-line and this went to the Chinese Bi Kun.

The Spanish windsurfer says goodbye to Tokyo happy with the result, after seven days of competition in which, as he tells us, “The conditions have not been the ones that favor me the most, but in the end you have to be good with all the conditions. The second day I did quite badly and I have dragged those results until now, but happy for the rest ”.

A phrase from the canary perfectly sums up his first Olympic participation: “Whenever I go out on the water I want to give my all and win.” He started with a 2-3 and his desire and determination have led him to be in this Medal Race.

The Chinese Yunxiu Lu confirms her gold in RS: X Women with a third place in the Medal Race, the final regatta won by the French Charline Picon who thus snatches the silver from the British Emma Wilson, who despite the tie in points finally remains with bronze.

Tamara and Paula
Tamara and Paula – Maria Muiña

The 49er

With third place in the general classification, tied with silver and four points from gold, Diego Botín and Iago López Marra close the fleet regattas to contest, on Monday, the Medal Race of the 49er class. The Cantabrian-Galician crew today signed a 4-12-6, highlighting the comeback made in the last test, “difficult with the level of this fleet.” The day has broken the tiebreak that existed in the Top3 giving the provisional leadership to the New Zealanders Burling / Tuke, to the detriment of the British Fletcher / Bithell who are second.

Readjustment of positions in 49er FX, where Támara Echegoyen and Paula Barceló will face the Medal Race from fourth position, four points from bronze and seven from silver and gold. With quite irregular winds, difficult to predict, today’s dance of results has not only affected the Spanish, but also led the Dutch Bekkering / Duetz and the Brazilians Grael / Kunze to the tie, and put the Germans on the podium. Lutz / Beucke. The table of this aggressive women’s fleet shows that the solidity of the results is ephemeral, opening up all the possibilities for the grand final on Monday, August 2.

Joan Cardona
Joan Cardona – Maria Muiña

Cardona remains firm

In the Finn class, the Balearic Joan Cardona has dealt with two difficult tests, trying to adapt to a changing race course, to keep the provisional silver when there are still two rounds ahead to decide the Top10 of this class. After a 13 in the first of the day that he discarded from his marker, the chances of recovery have been greater in the second test, in which he finished seventh.

Three races still to be contested and eight points of difference from the podium are still ahead of the Canarian Tara Pacheco and the Catalan Florian Trittel in Nacra 17, who move up one place in the general, fifth, and are eight points from the podium. The Spanish have been the undisputed protagonists of the second round of the day, dominating the fleet from the start to the finish line, with a forceful navigation that reveals the possibilities of this team.

Tomorrow Sunday, with the 49er and 49er FX on rest day before the Medal Race, Finn and Nacra 17 will carry out their last fleet races. The 470 Men and Women return to the scene with two days, four races, before their Olympic final on Wednesday.

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