LONDON - According to the points method in sailing, a competitor is allowed to throw away the worst result. If Shahar Zubari could throw away both his results in the men's RS:X race, he would. Lee Korzits, sailing in the women's RS:X, didn't have such a great day either.
After four mediocre races, Zubari hit a low point yesterday when he was disqualified from the fifth race for crossing the starting line prematurely. The black flag waving in his face essentially ruined his chances for a medal. Zubari, who won bronze in Beijing, finished 12th in the sixth race, which is also his ranking in the standings after the third day of races.
"The competition is clearly not working out for him," Gur Steinberg, who ran pre-Olympic preparations for the sailors, said yesterday. "I hope he'll reach the top eight, but he is definitely out of the medal picture. We knew these conditions would be tough. I thought he'd improve. He needs to get into the top 10 and we'll see from there."
On the women's side, Lee Korzits also had an off day, although the setback for her is much less severe. After finishing second in the fifth race, she got off to a bad start in the sixth race. She was only 15th after the first mark and only made it up to 11th, which knocked her down from second to third in the overall rankings.
Steinberg, however, said Korzits is not so bad off regarding the point system.
The RS:X windsurfers get today off and return to the water tomorrow. They all have four races left, after which the top 10 in each group will compete in Tuesday's medal round.
The men's 470 got underway yesterday, with Israelis Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela not having much to show for their two weeks of preparation. They finished 19th and 11th in their first two races, and are ranked 14th overall. "They started the race too weakly," Steinberg said. "They responded very slowly to changes and missed out a lot at the beginning. We need significant improvement for them to be in the medals picture, and that has to happen tomorrow."
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