sailing competition 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante)
Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela proved why they are regarded as one of Israel’s top
medal prospects for the 2012 London Games on Friday, taking a bronze medal at
the 470 Class sailing competition in the official London Olympics Test Event in
Kliger and Sela, who won a bronze medal at the
European Championships last month, ended Friday’s medal race in Weymouth in
seventh position, but managed to hold on to third place in the overall standings
after their rivals failed to finish higher than fifth.
“We didn’t get the
competition off to the best start, but we sailed superbly in the final races,”
“This result is a testament to our ability. We are pleased
with this achievement but we will not settle for a bronze medal next
By finishing in the top 10 in Weymouth, which will host the
Olympic sailing events next summer, Kliger and Sela also all but secured their
place in London by meeting the Israeli criteria set for the 2012
Israel’s top female team in the 470 Class can also already book
its flight to London for next summer after Gil Cohen and Vered Bouskila ended
the International Regatta in Weymouth in seventh place, finishing Friday’s medal
race in ninth position.
Israel’s windsurfers also competed in Weymouth
throughout last week, with Nimrod Mashiah and Lee Korzits finishing the RS:X
competition in eighth and seventh place, respectively.
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