Windsurfing honours go to French and Danish sailors
France’s Charline Picon emerged victorious from a close-fought medal race in the women’s RS:X class sailing, while in the men’s event the gold went to Van Rijsselberghe of Denmark.
Picon had to be at her determined best on the waters of Pao de Acucar to hold off the challenge of eventual silver medallist Chen Peina of China. “It was such a hard race,” she commented. “The hardest of my life because the Chinese sailor was so close to me and I had to fight until the line.”
Chen, who was making her Olympic debut, was delighted to land the silver. "Before the competition started I think everyone had a chance to win, including me, so I am very happy to have got a medal."
“I’m really happy for what I have achieved. I have worked very hard for this so I am delighted with the result of all the effort I've put in."
The bronze went to the event’s youngest competitor, 19-year-old Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia, who was a surprise contender for the podium spots. “I’m really happy right now, but everything is going so fast since I got out of the water I have not taken it in yet.”
"I’m just happy I got a medal, I didn’t think about my age; I was just competing and when you’re in the water everybody is the same, added the Olympic debutant who vowed to be back in for years to challenge for another medal.
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