Lee Korzits 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Despite, or perhaps because, of the bitter disappointment at the London
Olympics, Lee Korzits proved on Tuesday that she deserves a place of honor among
Israel’s all-time greatest athletes when she secured her third straight
windsurfing world title.
Korzits opened an unassailable 21- point lead at
the top of the standings after finishing Tuesday’s races in the World
Championships in Buzios, Brazil in first and 18th places, respectively, with
fellow Israeli Ma’ayan Davidovich in second place entering Wednesday’s final
Korzits came painfully close to winning a medal at the
Olympics, dropping from second to sixth place in the final day of competition in
However, the 28-year-old couldn’t have begun her preparations
for Rio 2016 any better this week, becoming just the second woman after France’s
Maud Herbert to win three consecutive world titles, with Herbert claiming five
championships in total, one more than Korzits, who also won the gold in
Israel’s Nimrod Mashiah and Shahar Zubari are also in contention
for a place on the podium entering the men’s Medal Race on Wednesday, with
Mashiah tied for third and Zubari in seventh place.