Davidovich takes silver in Europeans

With Israel’s champion Korzits out injured, there was little expectation that local female windsurfer would return from Portugal with a medal.

March 2, 2012 03:14
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Lee Korzits Windsurfs

ISRAEL'S Lee Korzits Windsurfs 311. (photo credit: Richard Langdon/Perth 2011))


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Ma’ayan Davidovich claimed her first major windsurfing medal on Thursday, finishing in second place at the European Championships in Madeira, Portugal.

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 summer.

“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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