Korzits medals in Olympic tune-up

Despite falling ill with a cold, Lee Korzits still scaled the podium at the dress rehearsal for the London Olympics, finishing third.

June 10, 2012 01:00
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Lee Korzits celebrates winning gold

Lee Korzits 300. (photo credit: Richard Langdon/Perth 2011)

Despite falling ill with a cold, Lee Korzits still scaled the podium at the dress rehearsal for the London Olympics on Saturday, finishing in third place overall in the women’s windsurfing World Cup event in Weymouth.

Israel’s 28-year-old two-time reigning world champion was considering pulling out of the event completely on Thursday, the way her colleague Shahar Zubari did, after feeling poorly.

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Korzits initially decided to skip Thursday’s second race, but fortunately, it was canceled due to stormy weather, as were both of the races scheduled for Friday.

Korzits was still struggling for fitness on Saturday, but she chose to take part in the medal race nevertheless, and proved just why she is considered to be one of Israel’s best medal hopes for London by finishing in second place and clinching the bronze medal.

“I’m really happy at winning this medal,” Korzits said. “I didn’t feel well during the event and my target now as we enter the final stretch before the Olympics is to improve my fitness and be healthy for the London Games.”

The Olympic windsurfing competitions begin in Weymouth on July 30, with the medal race to take place on August 7.

Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka dominated the World Cup event to win the gold, while Spain’s Marina Alabau beat out Korzits by 13 points to take the silver medal.

Zubari, who dramatically edged Nimrod Mashiah in the battle to be Israel’s lone representative in the men’s windsurfing Olympic competition, finished in 23rd after deciding to pull out of the event on Thursday.

Israel’s representatives in the 470 Class competitions will be relatively pleased with their showings in Weymouth ahead of the Olympics.

Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela came ninth in the medal race and finished the competition in eighth place overall.

Gil Cohen and Vered Bouskila ended the women’s event in seventh, finishing the medal race in second.

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