Sensational Tzuberi leads Olympic windsurfing competition

Young Israeli solidifies top spot in general standings after first and third place finishes.

shahar tzuberi 298.88 (photo credit: )
shahar tzuberi 298.88
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Windsurfer Shahar Tzuberi continued his fantastic performance in the second day of the Neil Pryde competition at the Olympics in Beijing on Tuesday. Tzuberi started off brilliantly in the third race and was in third place right from the start. Soon enough, however, he overtook a fellow competitor from Hong Kong and led the race decisively. From then on, he maintained his position and finished in first place. Soon thereafter, Tzuberi entered the fourth race in which he didn't start as well as the previous three. But the young Israeli quickly recovered and advanced from 8th to 6th place, to 4th and then to 3rd, which he maintained until the end of the race, solidifying his top spot in the general standings. Tzuberi still has a long way to go if he's to retain the windsurfing gold medal for Israel. There are still six more races before the final medal race and much can happen in the coming week. Tzuberi got off to a sensational start in the competition Monday, but Udi Gal and Gidi Kliger struggled and have already got some catching up to do if they're to win a medal. Tzuberi finished the first two races of the competition in first and third respectively and led the standings after the first day of racing in Qingdao, southeast of Beijing. The 21-year-old, who claimed the bronze medal at this year's World Championships, battled with China's Aichen Wang in the first race of the day, but overtook him midway through it and held on to the lead until the finish. In the second race, Tzuberi recovered from a bad start and ended in third place. In the women's competition, Ma'ayan Davidovich is was 11th position overall after finishing in 13th and 10th place respectively in Monday's two races. Contrary to the successes in the windsurfing, Israel's representatives in the 470 Class got off to a poor start. Gal and Kliger, who are meant to be one of the delegation's best medal hopes, could only manage a 13th and 16th place finish on Monday and are positioned 16th overall. There is still, however, plenty of time for Gal and Kliger to make up for the early disappointment, with eight more races to be run in the competition until the decisive medal race. Nike Kornicki and Vered Buskila didn't fare much better in the women's 470 and are only in 10th place overall after finishing in the eighth and 13th positions on Monday.