Sailing: Gal and Kliger's medal hopes fading

470 Class duo disqualified from first race of the day, only manage to finish 11th in second contest.

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Udi Gal and Gidi Kliger dreams of claiming an Olympic medal are all but over after yet another disappointing day of racing on Wednesday. The 470 Class duo was shown a black flag and was disqualified from the first race of the day and could only manage to finish in 11th position in Wednesday's second contest. The three-time medalists at World Championships are in 16th place overall after six races And, with just four races remaining in the competition, they could even miss out on the medal race for which only the top 10 qualify. Gal and Kliger have a rest day on Thursday. They have yet to finish in the top 10 in any of the races in Qingdao and, together with Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, are the biggest disappointments in the Israeli delegation so far. Israel's representatives in the women's 470 are at least making up for the failure of their male counterparts. Nike Kornicki and Vered Buskila finished Wednesday's races in eighth and 19th and held on to fourth position overall. The duo, which will also rest on Thursday, are currently five points adrift of the third placed Spanish team of Natalia Via-Dufresne and Laia Tutzo. Also Wednesday, Nufar Edelman jumped into 13th place overall after ending the only race of the day in third position. Edelman will race twice on Thursday, with Shahar Tzuberi and Ma'ayan Davidovich also back in action in the windsurfing competitions.