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20 August 2008, 03:38 am
China Goes For First Ever Sailing Gold In Windsurfer Medal Races - Follow the Action LIVE!
Sailboarders leave the start line in the RS:X women's class
The RS:X Medal Races put them windsurfers centre stage in Qingdao today

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

China's Jian YIN is in pole position to win China's first ever Olympic gold medal with the two RS:X Medal Races scheduled on day 12 in Qingdao. Follow all the action as it happens here...
It has been a breezy start to Wednesday at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, with the first of three scheduled races in both Star and Tornado fleets getting underway in around 10 knots of easterly breeze and bright sunshine at 11:00 this morning. The forecast is for the wind to drop slightly for today's Medal Races scheduled to start at 13:00.

Athens silver medallist Jian YIN takes a five-point lead into today's Women's Windsurfer - RS:X race. Just behind her three-time Olympic medallist and reigning World Champion Alessandra SENSINI of Italy lies in second place and will become the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time if she can win a second gold medal. Great Britain's Bryony SHAW (GBR) is also right in the gold medal hunt, just eight point behind YIN in third place overall.

It's even closer in the Men's RS:X fleet with Julien BONTEMPS (FRA), Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) and Tom ASHLEY (NZL) separated by just one point.

Look at your local television listing to watch the Medal Races live. Viewers in the USA can also log on the NBC's online coverage whilst those in certain European territories can watch on In addition to the television coverage you can also get live mark-by-mark roundings, estimated overall scores and race results from every race on the ISAF Olympic Games microsite in our Results Centre here.

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