Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) won the Men's RS:X Medal Race and the gold medal to wrap up his total domination of the men's windsurfing fleet at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Dutch sailor entered the Medal Race with an unassailable 22-point lead after winning six of the 10 opening races and only needed to start the double-points race to take gold. In the final race of the opening series, 2011 world champion Van Rijsselberge (NED) did not finish and discarded the resulting 39 points knowing he had sufficient points to claim gold.
"I'm feeling pretty good,"
said Van Rijsselberge, "It means a great four years with me and my coach. I'm super stoked. It was a dream to get the gold but never a must. It's amazing to get it. It was already in the pocket but seeing everyone on the Nothe course is good for me."
Athens 2004 bronze medallist and Weymouth resident Nick Dempsey (GBR) won the silver medal in front of his home crowd after finishing second in the Medal Race. After a lacklustre start to the series, Dempsey worked his way up into medal contention with two wins, but Van Rijsselberge (NED) placed the gold beyond his reach.
On the Van Rijsselberge, Dempsey said, "The Dutch guy that won sailed amazingly all week so it was kind of a race for second and ensuring I secured the silver. The Dutch guy just sailed amazingly well. He won the gold medal and it wasn't really a case of me losing it."
Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) finished the Medal Race in fourth to take the bronze medal sharing in the success of his teammate in the women's RS:X class Zofia Klepacka (POL), who also won bronze.
The Polish sailor said, "I knew before the finish that I got a medal because the guy from Germany [Toni Wilhelm] was a long way behind me. In the last race I was sighting a medal, I was just attacking. I didn't do one mistake but I had lots of luck with it all the time. I had a good, strong wind and as soon as we finished the race the wind calmed down."
Germany's Toni Wilhelm (GER) lost the tussle for a medal and ended up in the painful fourth spot occupied by Great Britain's Dempsey at Beijing 2008. The German entered the Medal Race in third but failed to secure a medal after finishing ninth in the Medal Race.
1. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) - 15pts
2. Nick Dempsey (GBR) - 41pts
3. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) - 60pts
4. Toni Wilhelm (GER) - 64pts
5. Julien Bontemps (FRA) - 70pts
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