Nimrod Mashiah 311.
(photo credit: Israel Surfing Association)
Nimrod Mashiah got the windsurfing World Championships in Perth, Australia off
to an ideal start on Monday, moving into the lead after the first day of action
and opening a gap over Israeli rival Shahar Zubari.
Mashiah finished second in the first race of the day before winning the second
to lead the overall standings with Poland’s Piotr Myszka, with both surfers on
Zubari will be disappointed with his first two races,
finishing in sixth and 16th, leaving him in 21st place overall with 22
However, the 25-year-old will still be confident of erasing the
deficit, with eight more races still to come over the next five days before next
Sunday’s Medal Race.
The ISAF World Sailing Championships are the second
of four events which will determine who will be Israel’s one and only
representative in the windsurfing competition at the London
Zubari currently leads the battle by seven points to one after
finishing fourth in September’s European Championships.
Mashiah ended the
competition in Burgas, Bulgaria in eighth place, but was deducted two points in
an Israeli sailing association disciplinary hearing after being found guilty of
illegally hampering Zubari’s progress in the Medal Race of the
Gil Cohen and Vered Buskila got the women’s 470 Class
competition in Perth off to a frustrating start on Monday, finishing the day’s
two races in 24th and fifth positions.
Cohen and Buskila, who are
expected to represent Israel in London, are in 13th place overall after the