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Tom Ashley's Gold

Tom Ashley won New Zealand’s third gold medal of the Olympics when he sewed up the men’s RS:X men’s sailing gold medal in Qingdao today. Sailing in the vital double-points medal race, Ashley was third, just good enough for him to hold on to first position with 52 points, one ahead of Frenchman Julien Bontemps after a thrilling contest. Third place went to Israel’s Shahar Zubari, who finished with 58 points. Except for a disaster in the 10th race, Ashley was the most consistent sailor of the regatta, recording finishing placings of 4-7-7-1-5-5-3-6-8-32-3. He was able to discard the 32 as a worst placing.

In the exciting medal race today, Ashley kept a very close eye on Bontemps, managing to finish one place ahead of him, which proved crucial in the gold medal race.
Ashley follows Bruce Kendall (bronze and gold) and Aaron McIntosh (bronze) as New Zealand male boardsailors who have won Olympic medals.
New Zealand women’s RS:X representative, Barbara Kendall, finished sixth in the double-points race today and sixth overall in the regatta. Kendall, competing in her fifth Olympics, has already won gold, silver and bronze medals.

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