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19 August 2008, 10:19 am
YIN Back On Top Ahead Of Women's RS:X Medal Race
Jian Yin of China
Jian Yin of China hold the overall lead going into the Women's RS:X Medal Race

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Jian YIN reclaimed her lead in the Women's RS:X fleet with a runaway win in race 10 today and is now eyeing China's first ever sailing gold in Wednesday's Medal Race.
Jian YIN (CHN), silver medallist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games on the Mistral, is favoured to win Beijing Gold, with Wednesday's predicted light winds and a strong current conditions in which she excels.

Chinese team leader Xinpei YAO said YIN sailed well in today's light westerly 7 knots winds, although added a word of caution ahead of tomorrow, "It's hard to say what will happen in the Medal Race, though, because many factors come into play."

Alessandra SENSINI (ITA), competing at her fifth Olympic Games and going for her fourth medal, was pushed back to second overall after finishing eighth on Tuesday. The Italian reigning World Champion staged a brave comeback in today's race recovering from a poor start to keep her gold medal hopes alive. However, looking ahead to tomorrow SENSINI said the conditions would suit YIN. "The Chinese girl is great in light wind and she is physically stronger than I am. I'm just going to try my best," she said.

Bryony SHAW (GBR), winner of last year's Test Event in Qingdao, is also in a strong position to challenge for gold after finishing second in today's race. SHAW is just eight points behind YIN and three off SENSINI and, unlike the Italian, she appears to be going into the race in a positive frame of mind, "I have a great chance in the Medal Race because the points at the top of the board are squeezed together. I just need a positive attitude, to keep my spirits up, and to believe in myself. I just need to sail how I know how to sail." SHAW said.

SHAW will also have to keep a close eye on the Jessica CRISP (AUS) and world #1 Marina ALABAU (ESP), both of whom are just five points behind her.

Barbara KENDALL (NZL), who already has a complete set of Olympic medals, is sixth overall and out of the medal hunt.

The first of tomorrow's RS:X Medal Races are scheduled to start at 13:00 local time.

The medal race is likely to be sailed at 14:00 on Wednesday.

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ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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