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21 August 2008, 02:18 am
Golds For China and New Zealand In Windsurfer Medal Races
Jian Yin of China
Jian Yin of China on her way to gold in Wednesday's Medal Race

2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Qingdao, China

Day 12 of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition brought delight for the host nation as windsurfer Jian YIN won China's first ever gold medal in sailing, whilst New Zealand triumphed in the Men's RS:X.
Jian YIN (CHN) went one better than the silver medal she won at the Athens Games with a thrilling comeback to finish third in the Women's RS:X Medal Race and win gold by a single point. Coming into the slalom course at the finish she was lying in fifth but, cheered on by thousands of spectators along the breakwater at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, she regained the vital two places she needed. Alessandra SENSINI of Italy won the Medal Race to claim silver, becoming the first female to ever win four Olympic sailing medals, whilst bronze went to Bryony SHAW (GBR), Britain's fifth medal of this Olympic Sailing Competition.

In the Men's RS:X Medal Race Tom ASHLEY (NZL) sailed superbly to add Olympic gold to the World Championship title he won earlier this year. Julien BONTEMPS of France won silver, with Israel's Shahar ZUBARI taking the bronze.

View the Medal Tally of the sailing events at the 2008 Olympic Games here.

Further out the Star and Tornado fleets both completed the final three races of their Opening Series in fresh 10-15 knot breezes. Ahead of their Medal Races on Thursday the standings are tight at the top of both fleets. In the Tornado, Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) lead Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) by three points, whilst just two separate Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) and Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON (GBR) in the Star.

The forecast for Thursday is for 15-18 knot southeasterly breezes; perfect conditions for the final two races of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.

View all results together with mark-by-mark roundings in our Results Centre.

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