For those who were unable to watch this video, there were 2 very tactical Laser races. The women were in a virtual 4-way tie for the gold and XU Lijia (CHN) made a great move that helped her win. With the men, Tom Slingsby (AUS) was well ahead of Pavlos Kontides (CYP) going into the final race and made sure Pavlos was never in close to the front of the fleet.
Laser Radial Gold Medal Race: Pin favored, clean start:
Like Ben Ainslie yesterday, CHN did not have the best start and ducked a few boats to go right close to shore, and then came back in first place:
CHN led on the run:
But was flagged and dropped back to third:
Near the bottom of the run, CHN catches up and then luffs suddenly:
And takes the lead - great move!
CHN leading tacks and again chooses to go right. Gutsy move:
Things looked pretty even on the second beat:
But again the right paid:
And with the lead XU Lijia goes on to win the gold medal:
So from what I saw in the video, CHN picked the correct side on both beats, got aggressive at just the right moment, and had good speed. Well done!
Laser Gold Medal Race: CYP had to beat AUS by 7 boats in the 10-boat fleet to win gold, so Tom Slingsby's job was to hold CYP back. AUS stayed close to CYP before the start well back from the line:
AUS went below:
The start was clean:
CYP took sterns to go right, AUS followed:
When they converged, they were even. AUS lee-bowed CYP:
Going right again, AUS got a slight inside lift. This was to me a key moment in the race:
AUS now clear ahead and the fun begins:
Approaching the first mark, CYP foots to get clear air, so AUS also foots to cover:
AUS and CYP were well back at the first mark:
Not sure what CYP was doing, the commentator said this was to get separation from AUS:
CYP and AUS way off to the side on the run:
At the bottom of the run, AUS still leads:
CYP tacks to goes right, AUS keeps the tight cover:
AUS has managed to keep CYP in last place:
CYP footing to get clear air, AUS following:
View of AUS from above:
AUS still covering:
CYP well back on the final run:
Pavlos Kontides of
wins silver, its first Olympic medal. Well done! Cyprus
Tom Slingsby wins gold. Well done!!