Shahar Zubari won his first major medal in three years on Sunday, finishing the
European windsurfing Championships in Brest, France, in second place.
26-year-old won back-to-back European titles in 2009 and 2010 after also
claiming bronze medals at the Beijing Olympics and the 2008 World
However, Zubari had failed to scale the podium in any
major competition since and could only manage a 19th-place finish in the 2012
He rebounded with a promising display in the Worlds in
March, finishing in seventh place, and clinched the silver medal in the
continental championships on Sunday after ending the day’s three races in sixth,
fourth and first place.
“I entered the competition with mixed emotions
because I knew I was in good form although I hadn’t trained that much since the
Olympics,” said Zubari, who is currently being coached by Athens 2004
gold-medalist Gal Fridman. “When you take that into account I’m really pleased
with my result.”
Nimrod Mashiah ended the men’s competition in ninth
Ma’ayan Davidovich just missed out on a medal in the
women’s event, finishing in fourth place overall, just two points behind Blanca
“I gave my all, but I’ll just have to settle for fourth place
this time,” said Davidovich.
Israel’s world champion Lee Korzits didn’t
take part in the championships due to health reasons.