Windsurfing / Lee Korzits Going for Gold at World Champs

Israeli leads competition before today's RS:X medal race; Davidovich placed seventh.

Lee Korzits will try to clinch a gold medal at the Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, entering the final medal race in the RS:X class with a six-point lead over her good friend Marina Alabau of Spain, and eight points over European champion Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland. If successful it will be her second world championship, eight years after her first title in 2003.

In any case, all three leaders are guaranteed a medal, since they lead by 21 points over fourth-placed Huang Yue of China. Korzits placed fourth and third in yesterday's races but remained top overall, and will miss out on the gold medal only if she finishes more than three places under Alabau or four places under Noceti-Klepacka. When asked about her achievement so far, Korzits said she was glad to be perpetuating a good name for her country.

 Lee Korzits - Ocean Images - December 2011
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"I will work very hard to bring out the Israeli flag and hear our national anthem. Most of the time Israel is only known for its problems and I'd really like to be the one to put Israel on the map for doing sport and enjoying life," Korzits said.

Israel will be well-represented in today's medal race, with Maayan Davidovich managing to move up three places and finish in the top ten. But it was Noceti-Klepacka's day yesterday as she won both race nine and 10. The solid sea breeze also helped Ukrainian Olha Maslivets, who finished third.

Still, Korzits probably remembers all-too-well that in last year's world championships, she was placed second before the medal race, only to finally finish sixth.