Shahar Zubari surged back into medal contention at the 2016 RS:X windsurfing World Championships in Eilat on Thursday, climbing up to third place in the overall standings with an impressive day of sailing.
The bronze medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics began the day in 22nd place, but rallied to finish Thursday’s three races in fourth, second and ninth.
With each windsurfer also shedding his worst result in the event to date following five races, Zubari catapulted up the standings.
A disqualification due to a false start in the fourth race of the competition on Tuesday saw Zubari pick up 42 negative points, taking his total to 59.
However, following Thursday’s developments, he is down to 32 points, good enough for third place and the same as France’s Louis Giard in second.
“This was my best day of the competition so far,” said Zubari. “But it isn’t over until it’s over.”
Poland’s Piotr Myszka leads the competition with 21 points.