Israeli women grab two of three podium spots

Ma’ayan Davidovich joins Lee Korzits on the podium at the windsurfing World Championships with bronze medal.

March 7, 2013 06:28
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Lee Korzits

Lee Korzits 370. (photo credit: RS:X World Windsurfing Championships website))

Ma’ayan Davidovich joined Lee Korzits on the podium at the windsurfing World Championships in Buzios, Brazil, on Wednesday, winning the bronze medal after her fellow Israeli had already clinched the gold a day earlier.

Davidovich ended the final Medal Race in ninth place, but she dropped just a single position in the overall standings to third and claimed her first ever medal at the worlds.

The 24-year-old represented Israel at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but lost out to Korzits for a place in last summer’s London Games despite claiming a silver medal at the 2012 European Championships.

However, she seems intent on giving Korzits a real fight for Israel’s single berth at Rio 2016, although she will struggle to do so should Korzits continue amassing world titles at the current rate.

After heartbreakingly missing out on a medal in London, Korzits wrapped up her third straight world title on Tuesday, taking her total tally of golds in the competition to four.

“I’m filled with so much joy,” Korzits wrote on her Facebook page.

“This is the sweetest title of them all. I understood that I’m filled with love and it prevails over everything. For the first time I feel like a champion on the inside.”

The Israeli men failed to meet the standard set by their female counterparts on Wednesday, with both Nimrod Mashiah and Shahar Zubari missing out on a medal in Buzios.

Mashiah entered the Medal Race tied for third position, but he only managed a ninth-place finish in the decisive day, dropping to sixth overall. Zubari ended the Medal Race in 10th place, remaining in seventh overall.

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