Sailing: Argentina Tops Medal Table at South American RS:X Championships

Argentina won both events at the 2020 RS:X Windsurfing South American Championships. In addition, the nation qualified a spot to compete at the Olympics. The RS:X Windsurfing South American Championships was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina from February 9th to February 15th 2020.

The men’s RS:X was led by two Argentine brothers, Bautista and Francisco Saubidet Birkner. For most of the event Bautista held the lead, though Francisco was not far behind. However, an injury meant Bautista could not finish the final two races, allowing Francisco to surpass him with a total of 16 points. Venezuela’s Daniel Flores finished third.

The women’s RS:X saw multiple lead changes between Argentina’s Maria Tejerina Mackern and Brazil’s Bruna Martinelli Cesario de Mello. Going into the final day the two athletes were tied, but a trio of victories by Tejerina Mackern gave her the victory and Olympic quota with a total score of 17 points. Venezuela’s Dismary Bonillo finished third.

This was the final opportunity for South American nations to qualify in this event. The final boat class to have their South American qualifier is the 470 with the event set to conclude tomorrow.

Qualified Nations

Men’s RS:X
* Argentina

Women’s RS:X
* Argentina

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