Jon-Paul Tobin is the New Zealand Olympic Sailing - RS:X Windsurfing representative. 3rd at the World Champs, he's a top contender for a medal.
Final result:JP Tobin remained consistent finishing 7th overall. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (netherlands) his training partner won the event easily, and the other member of the team Zachary Plavsic (Canada) finished 8th behind JP. A great effort, the end of an era?
Medal raceJP Tobin remained consistent finishing 8th in the medal race and 7th overall. A great effort, the end of an era? Nick Dempsey (BBR) won silver, Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) bronze.
Day6:Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) won gold with two races to spare in the Men's RS:X after another exceptional performance today.Dorian is coached by New Zealand’s Sydney 2000 Bronze Medallist Aaron McIntosh.
The Dutchman won Race 9 before pulling out of Race 10 having already sewn up the gold medal. On pulling out at the first mark Van Rijsselberge said, "I started, and then I felt I was in the way of the other guys so I made the decision to help out my fellow competitors."
On his emotions after winning van Rijsselberge said, "Feeling good, feeling happy, jumping in the air. It's good to show people you don't have to be miserable."
With an unassailable 22 point lead the Dutchman cannot be caught meaning the race is on for silver. Nick Dempsey (GBR) currently holds second place on 35 points which is 11 ahead of Germany's Toni Wilhelm. Despite missing out on the gold he aimed and hope for Dempsey was content, "I knew he'd won halfway through the first race. He deserves it," he said. "I don't feel too bad. It's not like I lost it, more like he [van Rijsselberge] won it. He sailed better than me, and deserved to win."
Although he was a good advantage and chance to hold onto silver the Brit is also very wary, "I don't feel completely confident, there's a lot that could go wrong."
Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) trails Wilhelm by six points and will want to do the absolute most he can to take the only medal that's eluded him so far in his career, an Olympic one.
The Men's RS:X Medal Race takes place at 13:00 local time on 7 August on the Nothe Course.
1. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) - 13pts
2. Nick Dempsey (GBR) - 35pts
3. Toni Wilhelm (GER) - 46pts
4. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) - 52pts
5. Byron Kokalanis (GRE) - 65pts
Day5: JP Tobin is now 5th, improving his overall standing today with a twelfth and sixth place finish, and he too will be looking for some low scores tomorrow in his last two opening series races before qualifying for the medal round.
Day3: JP Tobin had a long day, staring his first race only late in the afternoon and on the water until after 6:00pm. He scored a pair of 8th place finishes, which keep him overall sixth. Tomorrow will be a rest day for JP Tobin in the RS:X.
Day2: A 3rd and 7th today has moved J P up to 6th overall.
Day1: JP Tobin opened his first Olympic regatta with a fifteenth and a fourth place finish in his two races, so currently sits ninth overall with eight races remaining before the medal round for the top ten competitors. He commented on his races: “In the first one I just got a bit stuck really and just got a bit dictated to by the guys around me so but the second race changed that around and got into the leading group and once you’re in there it can be anything top five or so, you just got to get clear in this fleet.”