Vilamoura closes the 470 World Championship and the RS: X European Championship with a heart attack ending in the 470 World Championship, in which the Spanish Olympic team adds a gold and a bronze to its record, signed by Silvia Más and Patricia Cantero and Jordi Xammar and Nicolás Rodríguez respectively.
Two metals achieved in the most important championship of the Olympic cycle and that confirm the great chances of medals that the Spanish Olympic team, the ESP Sailing Team, has in this discipline.
The start of the women’s Medal Race, with Silvia Mas and Patricia Cantero as leaders, was made to wait due to instability of the wind, with two postponements on the edge of the start and cancellation of the first attempt. The third time was the charm, with the wind at the limit of the impossible, to experience a heart attack Medal Race. The Spanish have covered the route sailing along the razor’s edge, with no wind to push them and putting the title on a woe to the same finish line. A fourth place in the Medal confirmed the gold for Spain in this World Championship, with the Dutch Zegers and Berkhout in the second step and the Italians Berta and Caruso closing the podium.
Silvia Mas celebrates her gold, while praising the qualities of her crew: “I have no words; we have been fighting all week six days one after another, until the Medal. The cancellation of the first regatta today was a stick because we were going very well and in the final we had moments in which we were losing the gold, but we never gave up. Right now we are happy because we are there, at a good level, although facing the Olympic Games it does not mean anything because there will be another regatta. Everything about Patricia is little, she has proven to be the best and with a very clear head to remain calm at all times “.
And Patricia Cantero highlights the strong struggle that has taken place in this difficult World Cup from start to finish: “I don’t know what to say; I’m in a cloud, because the week and more today has been very, very complicated. We have worked a lot to be here. We have won a very fought World Cup and it remains in my head that, in addition, This is going to be the last women’s 470 World Cup to be held. “
The men’s 470 fleet, with Jordi Xammar and Nicolás Rodríguez, had unfavorable wind conditions for our Olympic crew, with just 7 knots. The Spaniards took the first mark in tenth place and began a comeback that was scratching positions section by section to cross the finish line in seventh position, taking bronze in this 2021 World Cup. A third place loaded with value for the Spaniards, whose Optimum wind conditions are above the average offered by this World Cup, thus demonstrating that they have opened their range of conditions, thereby expanding their medal options at the next Tokyo Olympic Games.
Jordi Xammar was satisfied with the work done during this championship and with what he learned in the waters of Vilamoura: “We are happy; it has been a difficult World Cup but it is a medal in a consecutive World Cup (silver 2019) and that is to be proud of the work. Now and in the face of the Olympic Games we have to continue working hard, there is little more than three months and we are going to go full throttle. From this World Cup we have drawn very positive conclusions that will surely help us in the face of Tokyo. “
The gold has been for the Swedes Dahlberg and Bergström, leaders from the third day. The Swedes, who usually share training with the Spanish crew, are third in the World Ranking and were European champions in the last continental held in 2019. Silver has gone to the Portuguese Costa and Costa, who have asserted their knowledge of the waters of Vilamoura to sign an excellent result.
In the RS: X European Championship, Blanca Manchón faced the Medal Race from seventh position, since she has known how to defend in this difficult day, in which we have seen how the Italian Zofia Noceti lost the silver after adding a last one in the Medal, won by the Dutch Lilian de Geus who thus achieved the runner-up position behind the French Charline Picon, who renews her title of European champion.
In RS: X Men, Sergi Escandell has finally been the best Spanish classified with an eighth place in the general, followed by Ángel Granda, ninth. The new European champion is the Dutch Kiran Badloe, accompanied on the podium by the Italian Mattia Camboni and the Israeli Ofek Elimelech, second and third respectively.
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