ISRAEL'S Lee Korzits Windsurfs 311.
(photo credit: Richard Langdon/Perth 2011))
Ma’ayan Davidovich claimed her first major windsurfing medal on Thursday,
finishing in second place at the European Championships in Madeira,
With Israel’s world champion Lee Korzits out injured, there was
little expectation that a local female windsurfer would return from Portugal
with a medal.
However, the 23-year-old Davidovich was remarkably
consistent in Madeira, finishing all 11 races in the top five to win the silver
medal behind Spain’s Marina Alabau.
“I’m really happy with my performance
and that I continue to improve with every event,” said Davidovich, who finished
last year’s World Championships in sixth place.
But despite her success,
only one windsurfer can represent each country at the London Olympics, and as
the European Championships were not designated as one of the four events to
decide who will be Israel’s surfer, Korzits still holds a significant gap over
her countrywoman and remains the firm favorite to compete in London next
“I will do my best to overtake Korzits in March’s World
Championships, but if I don’t, than she deserves to represent Israel,” said
Davidovich, who scaled the podium without even surfing on Thursday after the
medal race was canceled due to weak winds.
While Thursday’s weather
conditions benefited Davidovich, they cost Nimrod Mashiah a chance to win a
medal in the men’s event, with the Israeli remaining in fourth place overall due
to the cancelation of the medal races.
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