The first sailing medals of the 2016 Olympic Games have been decided. Without the final medal races in the men’s RS: X windsurfs even after being sailed. Defending Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe is now unbeatable for the gold medal, with Nick Dempsey having won the silver medal.
The first and second positions have been confirmed even before applying the results from the double scoring Medal Race which will be taking place in forthcoming days. The points of difference that has opened up between the pair and nearest arrivals! The situation is a carbon copy repeat of London 2012 when the Dutchman took gold ahead of Briton four years age.
The result is subjected to protest and both sailors will have to sail the Medal Race. But van Rijsselberghe, who also runs a successful Croatian Bareboat charter company, and Dempsey were congratulating each other after crossing the finishing line of the 12th race of their series. Both of these athletes have dominated the Olympic competition. With van Rijsselberghe wins seven of the 12 races, including two days and Dempsey wins three.
The battle of Sunday for bronze will still be closely fought between Poland, France and Greece. Dempsey, who is competing at his 5th Olympics, commented that he is very happy to have won a silver medal. It is really cool and amazing. It is nice to have had a good spell at the top and be competitive over five Olympic Games! He feels proud of that!
A year ago, he finished nowhere nearby the podium and it was expected that he will work on it. The previous one year gone really well for him as he worked really hard! It was nice for him to come here with a chance of winning a medal. He gave his best efforts in order to win the medal in the race. It was like a parade.