Dongshuang Zhang leaded Laser Radial World Cup at home
With a big lead going in to the final day and high finishes all week, Zhang was flying, but she did have to sweat it out a little, “Today was very hard. I feel very lucky because there was a lot of people OCS and I wasn’t sure if I was one of them. But it’s great to know now I have won the gold.”
In total six of the ten boats scored maximum points in the final race of the regatta. Luckily for Finland’s Monika Mikkola FIN, she was not one of those.
Mikkola herself had a comfortable points buffer back to bronze, but an OCS would have seen that gap disappear. In the end though, Mikkola finished fourth and with it a silver medal.
Today was very hard. I feel very lucky because there was a lot of people OCS and I wasn’t sure if I was one of them. But it’s great to know now I have won the gold.
The Finnish sailors medal was helped by third placed Rubei Yuan CHN being one of the boats disqualified. This gave the opportunity for Malaysia’s Nur Shazrin Mohamad Latif MAS to sneak on to the podium. She would need to win the Medal Race.
Unfortunately she could only manage a second with the bullet going to Finland’s Erica Partanen FIN. The bronze was Yuan’s by just one point.
The impressive Zhang finished on 13 points for the gold, Mikkola had 27 for the silver and Yuan 59 for bronze.