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16 September 2011, 09:41 pm
Poland Reign Supreme In RS:X Europeans
Poland's Piotr Myszka
Poland's Piotr Myszka In Control In Bulgaria

RS:X European Championship
Bourgas, Bulgaria

With three race wins on the fourth day of the RS:X European Championship Poland's Piotr Myszka has a dominating 22 point in the men's fleet whilst compatriot Zofia Klepacka leads the women's fleet by 12 points.
The day dawned humid and still. There even seemed a possibility that the first starts of the day would be postponed. The sea breeze was in a fickle mood. Nevertheless, the fleets went out into a building breeze.

The first starts may have been in marginal conditions but pretty soon everyone was planing as the wind topped out at just over 15 knots. Three races in all fleets were possible with the second discard coming into play tomorrow.

Looking at the RS:X Women's fleet, it becomes a real possibility that anyone in the top 7 could take the bronze the medal.

It was Lee Korsitz (ISR) who was dominant today posting a perfect set of three bullets to Klepacka's (POL) 7-2-2 so the gap is closed marginally tonight. The gold is between these two as Maja Dziarnowska (POL) in third is 33 points adrift tied on points with Pauline Perrin (FRA).

Just five points back is Olga Maslivets (UKR) tied on points with Bryony Shaw (GBR). Blanca Manchon (ESP1) closes out the top seven one point back

In the RS:X Men's fleet, anyone in the top six could step onto the bottom step of the podium especially in view of the fact that the forecast is for more breeze tomorrow and even more on Sunday for the medal races.

Piotr Myszka (POL) is untouchable on 12 points having fired in three wins on day four to make the RS:X European Championship title a virtual certainty. However, Byron Kokalanis (GRE) went out to race feeling distinctly unwell but determined to defend his second place

He scored a 5-4-5 against third placed Ivan Pastor's (ESP) 10-3-8 so he can rest ahead of day five safe in the knowledge that his silver is safe for the moment.

Having their own private battle are Shahar Zubari (ISR) and Nimrod Mashich (ISR) in fourth and fifth. Seven points separate them but if the forecasts are to be believed Mashich will go out tomorrow in the conditions in which he normally excels. And Zubari will have to find something a little bit special to maintain his lead especially after the second discard is taken.

Pierre Le Coq (FRA) will have to do the same if he is to transform his outside chance of a bronze medal into a reality.


Rory Ramsden (As Amended by ISAF)
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