The first medal races concluded today at the 2018 World Sailing Championship with the Men’s Finn and both 470 classes awarding medals. The first Olympic sailing quotas were also decided with eight quotas in each event going to the top nations, with a maximum of one boat per nation per event. Japan is also excluded due to already qualifying as host. The championship is being held in Aarhus, Denmark from July 30th to August 12th 2018.
The men’s Finn saw multiple lead changes throughout the competition. At the end of four races it was the Netherlands’ Pieter-Jan Postma whom took the early lead though it would not last long as a poor fifth race pushed him down the rankings. At the end of the day and the sixth race it was a three-way tie between Great Britain’s Edward Wright, Netherlands’ Nicholas Heiner and 2017 World Champion Max Salminen of Sweden. Wright would have the outright lead by the end of the next race day with 8 races completed. Wright would have a poor performance on the ninth and tenth race which almost cost him a spot in the medal race. Going into the medal race it was Salminen whom led by 8 points. That lead would not be enough as Hungary’s Zsombot Berecz would win the medal race and along with a poor performance by Salminen made Berecz the overall winner (70 points), upgrading his silver medal from the test event to gold, silver went to Salminen (74 points) and bronze went to Postma (76 points).
The eight nations whom qualified to the Olympics include: Hungary, Sweden, Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Great Britain and Turkey.
By the end of each racing day of the men’s 470 it was the 2017 World Championship silver medalist Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom of Sweden whom held at least a tie for the lead. Their consistent performance allowed them to have a six point lead over Japan’s Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi and France’s Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion going into the medal race. However, a disastrous race where they finished last not only cost them the gold, but removed them from the podium altogether. The winner was Peponnet and Mion (56 points) with silver going to Isozaki and Takayangi (60 points). The bronze medal went to Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez of Spain (62 points).
The eight nations whom qualified to the Olympics include: France, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Italy, Great Britain and New Zealand.
The first day and two races of the women’s 470 saw 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Camille Lecointre and her new partner Aloise Retornaz take an early, but by the end of the second day and four races it was Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka whom took the lead. Due to poor weather conditions only seven races were held before the medal race with the Japanese pair holding a five point lead over Lecointre and Retornaz. Kondo Yoshida and Yoshioka held on to their lead despite a fifth place finish (33 points) and will be looking forward to improve on their fifth place performance from the 2016 Olympics. Silver went to Spain’s Silvia Mas and Patricia Contero (39 points) while bronze went to the defending Olympic champion Hannah Mills and her new partner Eilidh McIntyre (41 points)
The eight nations whom qualified to the Olympics include: Spain, Great Britain, France, China, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Israel.
Overall Great Britain leads the Olympic qualification race at these championships with three boats already qualified. The next opportunity to qualify to the Olympics in these events will be at the 2019 World Championships.