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RS:X Windsurfing - Olympic Qualification battle going into race nine

Twelve countries are fighting it out in the women’s silver fleet for one of seven Olympic places to be decided at the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships in Takapuna. Lying third in the silver fleet Napalai Tansai of Thailand is best placed going into day five of the regatta and looks set to earn a place for her country. Mexico, Hungary, Argentina, Russia, Cyprus and USA are in line to earn a place based on current standings though three races remain and points are close. Sarah Herbert of Armenia is just two places and six points behind Nancy Rios of USA and a good day on the water today could see the standings change. The silver fleet race first today. Men Four of nine Olympic berths in the men’s RS:X have been decided already with Australia, Korea, Russia and Thailand making it through to gold fleet and guaranteeing their country a place. Back in the men’s silver fleet it’s all on between the remaining fifteen nations here hoping to qualify. Only the top placed five of those fifteen at the conclusion of the regatta tomorrow will have a representative at the Olympic Games. Going into race nine of the eleven race regatta Indonesia, Croatia, Estonia, Slovakia and Lithuania are best placed. Carlos Flores of Venezuela is nine places and 35 points behind the Lithuanian sailor and will need to finish the regatta well to climb up and earn Olympic qualification.

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