Korzits on verge of gold

Windsurfer already guaranteed medal at World Sailing Championships.

ISRAEL'S Lee Korzits Windsurfs 311 (photo credit: Richard Langdon/Perth 2011))
ISRAEL'S Lee Korzits Windsurfs 311
(photo credit: Richard Langdon/Perth 2011))
After already guaranteeing herself a medal on Saturday, Lee Korzits will be aiming to be crowned world champion for the second time in her career when the windsurfing competition at the ISAF World Sailing Championships comes to an end on Sunday in Perth, Australia.
Korzits became the youngest ever winner of a windsurfing gold at the World Championships at the age of 19 in 2003 and she will be looking to come a full-circle in Sunday’s Medal Race.
A place in the top three in the Medal Race, which will only be contested by the top-10 surfers, will secure Korzits a gold medal.
Should she finish in fourth place or lower, the 27-year-old Israeli will depend on the results achieved by Marina Alabau and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, who enter the day in second and third place, respectively.
Just eight points separate the three athletes, with Korzits on 21, Alabau on 27 and Noceti- Klepacka two points further back.
Korzits placed fourth and third in the final Gold fleet races on Saturday, which were both won by Noceti-Klepacka.
“I will work very hard so that our flag will be above all others and our national anthem will be played,” Korzits said. “Most of the time Israel is known as a place with lots of problems and I really want to put Israel on the map as a place where people take part in sport and enjoy life.”
Israel’s Ma’ayan Davidovich will also take part in the Medal Race after climbing to eighth place overall by finishing Saturday’s races in fifth and sixth.
Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela will need a good showing in the Medal Race to scale the podium in the 470 Class competition in Perth after moving up to fourth place on Saturday, finishing fifth in the ninth race of the event before winning the 10th.
Kliger and Sela are just three points back of third-placed Croatians Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic and can also still overtake second-placed Brits Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, who are 11 points ahead of the Israelis.