Rolex Middle Sea Race
21 Oct 14
After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race.
|Date of Birth||30 August 1987|
|Place of Birth||Shanghai|
|Class sailed||Laser Radial|
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Lijia Xu reigned supreme in the Laser Radial Medal Race at London 2012 to win the first Olympic gold medal in a dinghy for China and Asia.
In one of the most open classes at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition a four way fight for supremacy developed and although Xu held the lead heading into the Medal Race just one point separated the top four. It was winner takes all.
Xu sailed a clinical race using all of her sailing experience garnered from winning the Girls Optimist World title in 2001 and 2002 to taking bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Her dream was realised when she crossed the line in first place leaving the others scrapping behind her for the final podium places.
After Beijing 2008 the Chinese sailor was relatively quiet on the international stage, turning out at key events. Despite sustaining a hand injury in her final preparations for her second Olympic Games, Xu returned to form when it mattered, winning three consecutive ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas in strong fields.
At a tricky 2012 Laser Radial Worlds in Boltenhagen Xu showed the fleet that she was ready for any challenge and took silver medal to enter London 2012 as the dark horse in the hunt for medals.
Gold medal - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - August 2012
Silver medal - 2012 Laser Radial World Championship, Boltenhargen, GER - May 2012
3rd overall - 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup
4 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - June 2012
1 - Semaine Olympique Française de Voile, Hyeres, FRA - April 2012
1 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - January 2012
25 - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Perth, AUS - December 2011
1 - Sail Melbourne,Melbourne, AUS - November 2011
To promote the sport in China and Asia, and to introduce sailing to more teenagers in school.
My Optimist coach Zhang Jing and Laser Radial coach Liu Xiaoma. As a couple the two spend more time with me than my parents! They not only taught sailing but also guided me to realise my dream.
Climbing, cycling and swimming.