Two Israelis Earn Medals at European Windsurfing Championships

Yoav Omer took a silver medal in the RS:X windsurfing competition at the European Championships in Poland. Olympic medalist Shahar Tzuberi took home the bronze medal

Itamar Katzir
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Yoav Omer in Poland
Yoav Omer in PolandCredit: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofia Iberostar
Itamar Katzir

Two Israeli RS:X windsurfers took home medals in the European Championships that ended Saturday in Sopot, Poland, two weeks after the 2018 Sailing World Championships ended with disappointing results for Israel.

Israeli Yoav Omer retained his second-place position and won the silver medal, while Shahar Tzuberi took the bronze medal. 

Most windsurfers who entered the windsurfing category in the 2018 World Championships did not show up to the European Championships. 

Omer, who took the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships and finished 36th in the 2018 World Championship, finished this competition with 64 negative points, and in addition to making it to the second place he also finished first in the under 21 competition. 

Yoav Omer and Shahar Tzuberi celebrating their wins in Poland, August 25, 2018.
Yoav Omer and Shahar Tzuberi celebrating their wins in Poland, August 25, 2018.Credit: Sailing Association

At the end of the competition he said: "Since the beginning of this week I've felt very good physically and I was very happy with my surfing. I'm glad for my abilities, but I know that I can improve and progress. We have a strong team and I think we're on the right track. I'm very happy that Shahar Tzuberi is standing here with me on the podium. It's very important for the Israel team."

Tzuberi, who was the Olympic bronze medalist in 2008 but did not perform strongly in the World Championships, came third in the European Championships. He was only two points behind Omer and finished with 66 points. 

Tzuberi said: "It's always exciting and fun to finish a competition on the podium, especially after a long and difficult season. After the World Championships, where I was sick and not feeling well, I had to find renewed power, I prepared well and came here. For me this was a mediocre competition, I can do much better. I'm glad I didn't give up and made it to the third place. 

Ofek Elimelech came fourth, passing Israeli Yoav Cohen, who came sixth but took the silver medal in the under-21 competition. 

In the women's competition, Maya Morris took fourth with 66 negative points, compared with British Emma Wilson's 53 points. Wilson took the bronze medal. 

Israselis Noy Drihan and Katy Spychakov also competed and retained their ranking, Drihan coming in fifth and Spychakov seventh.