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2 March 2012, 09:17 am
RS:X Europeans End With No Wind
Women's Medallists
Women's Medallists

RS:X European Championship
Madeira, Portugal

No wind on medal day brought the RS:X European Windsurfing Championships to a pre-mature close with Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) and Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) tied on 34 points at the top of the leader board.
Over in the women's fleet, Marina Alabau (ESP) scored a decisive 24 point victory over Maayan Davidovich (ISR) and Tuuli Pataja (FIN).

These two had battled all week for the silver medal. Tuuli lost out in race 11 with her worst score of the week. But they will both go home satisfied with their work. Neither of them have finished on the podium at a European or World Championship before.

Izzy Hamilton (GBR) takes the U21 title from Hanna Zembrzuska (POL) with Maria Aadland Mollestad (NOR) third. These talented racers bode well for the future of Women's RS:X racing in the future. Hamilton finished sixth overall. She will be under no illusions knowing that some top stars chose not to take part but sixth place is sixth place and is her best finish in the senior fleet.

The French have a powerful development squad in the men's fleet. Thomas Goyard took the U21 title from Louis Giard with Pawel Tarnowski (POL) in third. He had promised much in the early stages of the championships but BFD - disqualification for being over the start line early under a black flag - in Race 9 blew his chances of securing the top spot.

Next stop, the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships which start in Puerto Sherry, Cadiz in three weeks. There are nine qualification places for London 2012 available in Cadiz so the competition is on, not just for World Championship glory but also for the remaining Olympic spots.

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