(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Shahar Zubari proved he remains Israel’s best medal hope at the 2012 London
Olympics, claiming his second- straight European Windsurfing Championship gold
medal in Sopot, Poland on Friday.
The 23-year-old, who won the bronze
medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, led throughout the championships in Poland
after finishing in first position in five of the competition’s first six
Despite only coming in fifth in Friday’s decisive medal race, he
defended his European title a year after taking the gold in Tel Aviv.
went through a very difficult year,” said Zubari, who also won a bronze medal at
the World Championships in 2008. “I didn’t do well in the World Championships
[13th] last year or in the Israeli championships, and I had little expectations
heading into the Europeans. So I am very happy I have won here and proven to
everyone that I’m still at the top.”
Zubari finished five points ahead of
Greece’s Byron Kokkalanis, with Piotr Myszka one point further
Nimrod Mashiah, who won a silver medal at last year’s Worlds, ended
the competition in 10th place.
He has plenty of catching up to do if he’s
to be Israel’s lone windsurfing representative in the London Games ahead
Mashiah won’t have to wait long to prove his worth, with the
World Windsurfing Championships starting on August 26th at Kerteminde,
Ma’ayan Davidovich was Israel’s best placed woman in Poland,
finishing in 16th position.
Lee Korzits, who had to be pulled out of the
water following a crash at sea on Thursday, sat Friday’s final race out
ended the event in 20th place.