Portuguese sailors Pedro and Diogo Costa, who yesterday guaranteed their presence at the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, today became world runners-up in the 470 class following Sweden, which is the world champion in men, while Spain has become champion in women.
The Portuguese duo finished the Medal Race in 8th place, but it was enough to guarantee the silver medal in the World Championship that ended today in Vilamoura.
"Amazing. We had already won the World Championship in 420, but this is different. It's been a dream since childhood, it's history for us, for Portugal, for the Federation ”, said Diogo Costa.
Pedro Costa highlights the work developed by a vast team that culminated in this result, which he classified as “Very difficult and an authentic overcoming”.
Tokyo 2020 could be the last major competition together, as the 470 class will essentially compete with mixed teams.
“It is the end of a cycle, of a great stage, we have been together for 9 years, I honestly do not know what the future holds, now we are going deep into Tokyo, then we will see”, defended Diogo.
“Who knows, we may continue to work together, we know that we will never be adversaries. We will continue to work as a team even on separate boats ”, completed Pedro Costa.
Swedes are world champions
Swedes Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström, now world champions, managed to recover after a less happy match, finishing in 3rd place and having the party at the end.
“It was very stressful, with the offshore wind (blowing from the earth) very treacherous, a lot happening in the race field. At first it looked like we weren't doing well, but we kept trying and managed to finish first ” said Fredrik Bergström.
Anton Dahlberg revealed himself “Relieved and purely happy” in what you rated as “An incredible week and a very difficult Medal Race”.
In a very disputed race and marked by unstable wind, Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez managed to maintain the 3rd place in the final table and closed the podium.
In the women's competition, the Spanish Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina became world champions after leading the table for more than half of the competition.
“It was a very tense week, with a lot of emotions every day. We were seeing that getting to the medals was complicated. They canceled the first start, we kept trying, it was complicated and the penalty for the English was incredible ”, revealed Silvia on arrival.
The silver medal was won by the Dutch Afrodite Zegers and Lobke Berkhout and the Italian Elena Berta and Bianca Caruso took the bronze medal home.
In the mixed competition, Israel dominated the podium with Gil Cohen and Noam Homri and became the first world champions of this category and compatriots Tal Sade and Noa Lasry runners-up. Britons Amy Seabright and James Taylor won the bronze medal.
Olympic spots allocated to Portugal and Turkey
In this competition two Olympic places were at stake, the male one attributed to Portugal and the female one to Turkey.
In the European Championship of class RS: X, the Olympic modality of windsurfing, the Dutchman Kiran Badloe, renewed the title of European champion, adding him to the world champion and the Italian Mattia Camboni secured the silver medal. The bronze was in the hands of the Israeli Ofek Elimelech.
In the women's competition, the French Charline Picon renewed the title of European champion in Vilamoura and the Dutch Lilian De Geus became vice-champion. Polish Zofia Noceti Klepacka took 3rd place on the podium.