Sailing: Bouwmeester Wins Fourth Laser Radial World Championship Title

The 2020 Laser Radial World Championships concluded today. The championship also acted as the Oceania continental qualifier for the event. The two highest ranked eligible boats in the women’s laser radial qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Laser Radial World Championships was held in Melbourne, Australia from February 21st to February 28th 2020.

The qualifying races saw the 105-boat fleet split into two groups. Due to poor weather, the first three days of sailing only saw one race held on each day. By the end of the third day it was defending world champion Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark whom held the lead with six points. The fourth day saw three races held and the worst performance dropped. By winning all three races in her group, 2019 World silver medalist Marit Bouwmeester took over the lead with a total of seven points. At this point the top sailors were split into the gold and silver fleets.

Bouwmeester extended her lead on the fifth day of racing where three races were held. She held a massive 24 point lead over Norway’s Line Flem Host going into the final day. Poor weather on the final day only allowed a single race. In the race Bouwmeester received a yellow card, ultimately causing her to finish 29th and thus making it her second dropped score. However, it was enough to win her fourth title by two points as she finished with a total net points of 42. The silver medal was won by her compatriot Maxime Jonker while one point behind was Flem Host with the bronze.

In terms of Olympic qualification, the quotas were won by Fiji’s Sophia Morgan and Papua New Guinea’s Rose-Lee Numa. This was the final opportunity for athletes from Oceania to qualify in this event (apart from tripartite invitation). The final Oceania sailing qualifier is the RS:X set to conclude tomorrow.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Laser Radial
* Fiji
* Papua New Guinea

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