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The three races held Thursday at the Sailing World Championships near Perth, Australia, were not kind to the Israeli competitors. Nimrod Mashiah fell to third place in the overall rankings in the men's RS:X category, after finishing eighth, 12th and fifth in races six through eight. He now has 23 points, well behind Dutchman Dorian van Rijsselberghe (14 points ) and Piotr Myszka of Poland (20 points ).

Mashiah can take consolation from the situation of his Israeli rival, Shahar Zubari, who placed 25th, 15th and 38th and is now mired in 18th place. Zubari has very little hope of making the medal round. As a result, Mashiah has a good chance of closing the gap and even surpassing Zubari in the battle for Israel's lone ticket for the men's RS:X event at the London Olympics. Yuval Botzer, competing in the 470, finished 33rd, 39th and 43rd in his three races, falling to 34th in the overall rankings.

Friday is a day off for the surfers, who still have tomorrow and Sunday's medal race. Vered Boskila and Gil Cohen, Israel's women's 470 sailors, return to the water on Friday in fourth place.