World Championships women’s 470 Class sailing 311.
(photo credit: Paul Fremantle/Perth 2011))
Gil Cohen and Vered Buskila continued their climb up the 470 Class sailing
competition rankings at the World Championships on Saturday, moving into second
place overall in Perth, Australia.
Cohen and Buskila ended Saturday’s
races in ninth and fourth positions, respectively, and are still in with a
chance of overtaking leaders Spain’s Tara Pacheco and Berta
However, with only 10 points separating the Israelis in second
place and an Italian pair in sixth, competition for spots on the podium will be
high in Sunday’s final medal race and Cohen and Buskila have still got plenty to
do to secure a medal of any color.
Meanwhile, Nimrod Mashiah dropped out
of the top three in the windsurfing competition in Perth for the first time
since it began on Saturday, falling to fourth overall after ending the day’s
races in eighth and ninth.
Nevertheless, a third consecutive medal at the
worlds is still well within Mashiah’s grasp, with the Israeli trailing Poland’s
Przemyslaw Miarczynski, who is in third place, by just two points.
should he fail to scale the podium after Sunday’s medal race, Mashiah should
move ahead of Shahar Zubari in the battle to represent Israel at the London
Olympics after the latter ended a disappointing competition in 17th place
overall on Saturday.
Zubari ended the day’s races in 11th and 13th,
finishing well behind Mashiah and well outside the top-10, meaning he won’t even
take part in the medal race and is set fall behind his rival after the second of
the four events which will determine who will take part in next summer’s