| In 12-15 knots of breeze the medal race provided a great spectacle for the final showdown. However, the race was over as soon as it began for fourth placed Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic, who was pulled out as an early starter. |
Zarif thought he saw better pressure on the left and crossed over. Heiner let him go and chose to stay with the group on the left. The wind then switched to the right and when the groups crossed near the top, Zarif already had a large lead. Heiner rounded near the back and never really caught up. Zarif cruised round the course to take the gold. For a while Kaynar had a chance for silver, but couldn’t put enough boats between him and Heiner, eventually crossing sixth and seventh.
Sweden's Max Salminen crossed in second, after going back at the start, while Ioannis Mitakis from Greece was third.
Alican Kaynar won this event last year after a medal race match race with Heiner. The roles were reversed this week with Kaynar playing catch up after a bumpy start to the week.
“It was really tight before the start with close points, and after the start I was close with Nicholas and Ondrej, who had a chance for medal, and Jorge just escaped to the right side, so I couldn’t cover everyone. So I stuck with the guys close to me.”
“I had some chance to attack for the second place, but Nicholas had a good downwind on the last one and he managed to keep the distance between us. I tried to pass two boats on the downwind, but I couldn’t get past.”
On the medal, “It’s very good and my second medal this year after Miami so I am quite happy with how the season is going.”