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15 August 2008, 05:11 pm
DEMPSEY Wins Race But ZUBARI Maintains Men's RS:X Lead
Nick Dempsey of Great Britain
Nick Dempsey of Great Britain, winner of race 5 today

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Great Britain's Nick DEMPSEY won today's only race in the Men's RS:X whilst overall leader Shahar ZUBARI of Israel struggled in the breezier conditions.
Friday was a day of better breezes in Qingdao but it was not enjoyed by Men's RS:X series leader Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) who scored his worst result of the series with a 17th. The Israeli sailor maintains his lead, however, courtesy of excluding his race 5 score and his pair of wins and thirds in races 1 to 4.

Despite not having a great day, ZUBARI remains confident: "You need a strong mind and a strong heart - I have both," he said.

Nick DEMPSEY (GBR) won his first race of the series but it was not enough to topple the leader. The Briton, who is now third overall, said: "It was a frustrating day because of the weather. We started out with 12 knots, but then the wind died. Eventually we got 7-12 knots and it was gusty and shifty, but it was quite straightforward."

King Yin CHAN from Hong Kong kept up his good performance with a third to hang on to second place overall. He is now six points behind the leader and counting all top-five finishes.

Forecasters say the next two days will see similar breezes as to those the fleet of 35 experienced today (5-12 knots), and it will be interesting to see if ZUBARI can keep his lead.

New Zealand's World Champion Tom ASHLEY enjoyed another good day, but his fifth was not enough to keep him in third place. He drops down one place to fourth.

"I was lucky today," he said, just two points behind DEMPSEY and in with a good chance of a gold medal.

Another strong performer today was Aichen WANG of China, who finished second in race 5 to climb up to sixth overall. Three races are scheduled for the Men's RS:X tomorrow.

Overall Results - click here
ISAF (source: Olympic News Service)
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