ISRAEL'S Lee Korzits Windsurfs 311.
(photo credit: Richard Langdon/Perth 2011))
The London Olympics couldn’t come soon enough for Lee Korzits after she was
crowned world windsurfing champion for a second-straight time in Cadiz, Spain,
For a second-straight day, no races took place in Cadiz due
to strong winds, meaning the 28-year-old Israeli held on to first position, four
points ahead of Poland’s Zofia Klepacka.
Korzits, who became the youngest
windsurfing world champion in Cadiz in 2003 and won her second gold in the event
just last December, will receive a NIS 100,000 bonus from the Olympic Committee
of Israel following her achievement and will be entering the London Olympics as
Israel’s best medal hope.
“I’m proud to be standing on top of the world
once more,” Korzits said. “I enjoy representing Israel and having so many people
“I would like to thank everyone and begin to concentrate
on my main target which is the Olympics.”
Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu called Korzits to congratulate her for winning a third career world
“Congratulations Lee, you represent yourself and our
country with honor and success,” Netanyahu told Korzits, who won four of the 10
races in Andalusia, never finishing below sixth.
“You are a champion, the
best in the world. I and all of Israel are crossing our fingers that you can
also win a medal at the London Olympics.”
Ma’ayan Davidovich, who won a
silver medal at the European Championships in February which Korzits missed
through illness, ended the championships in eighth place and has now lost any
chance to overtake Korzits in the battle to represent Israel at the
However, the fight between Nimrod Mashiah and Shahar Zubari to
be Israel’s lone representative in the men’s event in London will go down to the
Mashiah opened a 17-point lead over Zubari according to the OCI’s
point system after ending the championships in sixth place overall, while Zubari
finished in ninth.
Despite the deficit, Zubari, who won a bronze medal at
the Beijing Games, can still book his place in the Olympics at Mashiah’s expense
in the fourth and final qualifying competition, a World Cup event in the
Netherlands in May.