Portuguese sailor Carolina João finished the 1st day of the European Olympic qualification race in the ILCA class, well positioned to guarantee one of the two places in the women's fleet in Tokyo, under discussion since Monday in Vilamoura.
In this ILCA – International Laser Class Association class of Olympic Qualification for the European Continent, the only 4 ‘tickets’ still available for four countries will be the target of a close fight in the waters of Vilamoura.
Bulgarian Tatiana Drozdovskaya (12th overall) is best positioned after the first two races on the first day, followed by Portuguese Carolina João (21st) and Mafalda Pires de Lima (38th), in a total of 7 countries that have not yet secured their qualification.
The women's general classification is led ex-aequo by the Danish Anne-Marie Rindom (bronze medalist in the Olympic Games in 2016 and world champion in 2015) and the Greek Vasileia Karachaliou, followed by the French Marie Barrue.
In the men's fleet, the two open positions are being discussed by 17 countries and Spaniard Joel Rodriguez Perez (8th) and Belgian William De Smet (10th) are at the end of the first day of the race the best positioned to guarantee the place.
The men's overall classification is led by Brazilian Robert Scheidt, followed by Russian Maxim Nikolaev and Croatian Tonči Stipanović closes the podium after the two races of the day.
The Olympic Qualification of the European Continent of the ILCA class takes place until Saturday in the waters of Vilamoura, in a race that gathers almost 230 sailors, coming from 44 countries.
The results presented are provisional and subject to change.