Sunday can’t come soon enough for athletes competing in the very first Olympic sailing medal race of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Pão de Açucar on Guanabara Bay will host the men’s and women’s RS:X medal races – although some results are already certain.
Men’s and women’s 470
Americans have four more races in the opening series to continue to improve in order to bring home a medal on Tuesday.
Team USA’s Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes climbed in the rankings to eighth after finishing their fifth race in fourth on Friday. They are now 22 points behind leaders Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia.
Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha of Team USA rose two spots to fourth overall and took the lead from gold medal favorites, New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie.
Great Britain’s Scott Giles continues to impress, winning the seventh race of the Finn regatta. He maintains the top spot after finishing third in the eighth race. Giles will be nearly impossible to catch if he continues his dominance. Heading into the final two opening series races on Sunday before the medal races on Tuesday, Giles has only accrued 22 net points. In second-place overall, Slovenia’s Vasilij Zogbar has 38.
After a costly disqualification in race six, American Caleb Paine put together decent results in races seven and eight with 17th and seventh. He ended the day 15th overall with 79 net points.