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Qualification Stage completed at RS:X Worlds
Posted On:  25/02/2016 10:51:49

After the second day of racing at the RS:X World Championships in Eilat, Israel, Poland's Malgorzata Bialecki tops the women's leaderboard while Nick Dempsey (GBR) and Pawel Tarnowski (POL) share the lead in the men's section.

The first two days of the World Championships have been restricted in terms of racing due to heavy cloud, cold and very light wind, but despite the challenges, both the men and women managed to get four races under their belts.

Women's RS:X

Poland's Bialecki began the Championships with a fourth place, but since then has been consistent at the top winning the next three races to lead the way on seven points. Her nearest challenges in the early stages are Italy's Flavia Tartaglini and Netherlands' Lilian De Geus. Tartaglini sits in second on 16 points and De Geus occupies third place, her 2015 result.

Sitting in 15th overall on 40 points is home nation sailor Noy Drihan who tops the Women's U21 section.

Men's RS:X

Tied at the top of the men's section are Nick Dempsey and Pawel Tarnowski who both have 10 points. Despite only one win between them, their high finishes across all races have pushed them above the rest of the stuttering field.

Tarnowski, the current European Champion, is looking to improve on his 14th place at the 2015 Worlds, while Dempsey is looking for a World title to aid his form heading in to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he is looking to better his silver medal from London 2012.

Chasing the top two is yet another sailor from Poland showing good form. Piotr Myszka sits in third place on 14 points and will be looking to capitalize on his good start. The chasing field, which include Aichen Wang (CHN), 2015 Worlds silver medallist, Louis Giard (FRA) Sailing World Cup Final gold medallist and current World Champion Pierre Le Coq (FRA) will be hoping to move up the field when the discard comes in to play.

On 41 points and in 14th overall is Italy's Mattia Camboni who is top of the pile in the U21's section.


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