Like TUNNICLIFFE, Sunday's overall leader Gintare VOLUNGEVICIUTE (LTU) struggled in the first race today but came back strongly with sixth and fourth places finishes to end her series. "I feel confident being among the top sailors. I feel strong. I don't feel pressured at all but today I didn't feel so good, because I made too many mistakes," VOLUNGEVICIUTE said.
World #2 Lijia XU of China came out strongly, scoring a bullet in race 7. She finished the day with an 11th and a sixth to be third overall going in to the Medal Race. Only XU and VOLUNGEVICIUTE can challenge TUNNICLIFFE for gold, but with places counting for double points in the Medal Race nothing can be taken for granted.
"I'm very lucky to be able to jump up to third place today," XU said. "I am prepared to fight for a medal."
World #3 Sarah BLANCK (AUS) moved up to fourth place overall after her first win of the series in race 8. She finished eighth and fifth in the other two races but is 21 points adrift of TUNNLICIFFE and out of contention for the gold medal, although both silver and bronze are still a possibility.
Monday's stronger winds meant disaster for Jo ALEH (NZL), who slid from third overall to seventh. ALEH is now out of medal contention after scoring a pair of 14s and a 20. The bigger breezes did not suit the light New Zealand sailor but she remains inside the top ten and will at least sail in the Medal Race.
Racing started on time in 7-15 knot shifty breezes with a big westerly swell running.
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