CHINA AND JAPAN SEAL WINS AT ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP QINGDAO21 Sep 2015
The final day at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao was filled with tension as the Medal Races decided the podium places and Abu Dhabi World Cup Final positions.
Nation qualification places for the Rio 2016 Olympics spots were awarded to Singapore in the 470 Women and China in the 470 Men on Saturday, as ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao marked the Asian qualification regatta for the 470 events.
Sunday's medal races gave the winners their ticket to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi and the podium finishers a share of the 150,000 Euro prize fund.
Light wind and strong current has been a regularity throughout the week with those reading the conditions to full effect reaping the rewards. A 5-7 south eastern breeze made for a tense finale with sailors aiming to leave nothing on the water.
Meanwhile in the Women's 470 there was cause for Japanese merriment as the team snapped up gold and silver respectively.
Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) held onto their overnight lead whilst a second in the Medal Race promoted Akiyo Yamaguchi and Eri Hatayama (JPN) into silver medal position.
As Yamaguchi and Hatayama crossed the finished line there were smiles stretched across their faces with high fives aplenty. Kondo Yoshida and Yoshioka followed behind them in third and revelled in their compatriots' celebrations with grins creeping in before they finished.
It was a tense race in the light breeze for all the competitors and the points were close going into the race. Xiaoli Wang and Lizhu Huang (CHN) were breathing down the Kondo Yoshida and Yoshioka's necks but the Japanese experience shone through as they remained calm as Kondo Yoshida explained, "Today there was a two point lead for us against the Chinese team who were our closest rivals. We got the win and we are very very happy.”
Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao (CHN) completed the Women's 470 podium.
It was a three way shoot out in the Men's 470 between the Austrian, Chinese and Spanish teams. Four points separated them going into the Medal Race and it was China's Hao Lan and Chao Wang who prevailed.
Lan and Wang finished second in the Medal Race compared to overnight leader David Bargehr and David Mahr's fourth (AUT) and Onan Barreiros and Juan Curbelo Cabrera's (ESP) third. As a result the Austrians were made to settle for silver, one point behind the Chinese with the Spaniards rounding off the podium.
"There is a little bit of a mixture between happy and disappointed,” explained Bargehr. "But overall the happy feeling is superior because we won a medal here and it's always good to win a medal.
"We knew that points were very close with not much separation so we knew we had to sail a really good Medal Race to win this event.
"After the race you are always more clever than before, but it was a really tight Medal Race and it could have gone either way. And always you need a little bit of luck in a Medal Race.”
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