Despite a poor start, Anne-Marie Rindom won gold in the women’s event at the 2019 Laser Radial World Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the ten highest ranked eligible nations won a quota. The Laser Radial World Championship was held in Sakaiminato, Japan from July 16th to July 24th 2019.
Due to weather only five of the expected six qualification races were held. The 111-fleet competition was split into two groups. The first day of competition only contained one race. Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom and Sweden’s Josefin Olsson won the first race in the yellow and blue fleet respectively. The second day again only saw a single race due to poor weather. Unfortunately for Rindom she got a Black Flag which gave her 57 points. Olsson on the other hand continued to lead all sailors after finishing second in her fleet. The third day saw three races, but the worst result is now discarded. Olsson still continued to lead all sailors with a net total of 8 points, six fewer than Paige Railey of the United States. The top 56 boats advanced to the gold fleet while to others advanced to the silver fleet.
The first day of the final fleet saw two races and a horrible day for Olsson where she was disqualified on the first race and then was forced to retire on the second race. This allowed Turkey’s Ecem Guzel to take the overall lead with 40 net points, six more than Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen. The second day of finals also contained two races. It was here where Rindom moved back to first place, holding a slim two point lead over Guzel going into the final day of racing.
On the final day, two more races were held. The first race allowed for a second result to be dropped, this immensely helped Rindom as she was able to extend her gap. After keeping things safe on the second race she won the gold medal with a total of 50 net points. The silver and bronze medals were won by Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands and Great Britain’s Alison Young respectively. The Olympic quotas were won by Croatia, Lithuania, Argentina, Belarus, Australia, Uruguay, Russia, Ireland, New Zealand and Cyprus.
As a reminder the 2019 Pan American Games holds a higher priority over the 2019 World Championships so should Argentina or Uruguay qualify there then the quota here will be reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible nation, Guatemala. The next opportunity for nations to qualify in women’s laser radial will be at their respective continental qualifiers.
Edit: As both Argentina and Uruguay qualified at the Pan American Games the next eligible boats, Guatemala and Thailand have qualified a spot to compete.